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Address: Balstraat 16, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number:
+32 50 33 00 72
09:30 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

In the lace museum the accent is on contextualising the origins of lace and...

In the lace museum the accent is on contextualising the origins of lace and on some early developments. Displays include the basic techniques and movements, types of lace and their geographical origins, the lace industry then and now and lace teaching in Bruges. The craftsmanship and aesthetics of lace are honoured and, in addition, the contemporary and international appeal of lace is featured. The museum was developed with multimedia and interactive displays. In addition to visiting the museum, you can watch the Kantcentrum's bobbin lacemaking demonstrations in the afternoon. This is included in the ticket price (if you come before 14h you can return with your already bought ticket). All this allows you to experience the fascination of lace in Bruges and far beyond. Price: 5,20: adults 4,20: students 12-26 year, +65 Free: -12 year The building is accessible for wheelchairs. No dogs allowed (except for guidance dogs). We have a special feelbox for the visually impaired.

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Try to time it with the demonstration times

We missed the demonstration, but I thought the movie about lacemakers was very well done. The lace on display was fantastic!

Reviewed 2 days ago
Alicia D
Lowell, Massachusetts
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Lowell, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We missed the demonstration, but I thought the movie about lacemakers was very well done. The lace on display was fantastic!

Thank Alicia D
Liberty, Missouri
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a needlepointer and appreciate all forms of creative work. The demonstration room upstairs houses a workroom where the day I visited seven women of varying abilities were working on projects. The scope of the pieces they were creating was eye-opening. One woman was just beginning a project under the guidance of an instructor and I learned so much, just... More 

Thank GayeS545
Arlington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating look at the art and craft of making lace. Definitely time it for the demos to really be able to absorb the time and handicraft required to make lace. As another reviewer noted, it is mind-boggling. I truly enjoyed learning more about the intricate work required to make handmade lace.

Thank pixelyn
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A bit out of the typical tourist route, worth the walking. Inside, it is beautiful to explore the history of the lace and the technique they use. We were lucky enough to attend the workshop where the locals were displaying the technique and we were able to watch. Great shop as well and the people are very gentle.

Thank Ozge K
Fleet, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

Absolutely amazing history of lace making and still being handmade by all ages today. We went to see the ladies in action, amazing how they manage to keep track of togglrs,yarns and patterns. Well worth seeing evn if you're not into lace.

Thank Carina J
Saratoga, California
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

The video at the beginning was informative, and the exhibits were quite good. I think there may a larger collection of old lace in the Bruges Museum, but we didn't have time to go there. My favorite part was the demonstration. I didn't feel it was intrusive as another reviewer said. A couple of the ladies talked between themselves, but... More 

Thank Ong_95070
Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 December 2016

Very welcoming staff. The 'pyramid' was interesting but I found it awkward trying to read the English translation at the bottom of the screen and watch the video. It was good to know that some of the locals are still learnig how to make lace and carry on the tradition.

Thank maria h
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

A good way to pass 45 minutes. The displays are in several languages, and there is a good review of different lace making techniques.

Thank BMW51K
Glenolden, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 11 December 2016

Initial exhibit interesting but visiting the ladies working felt intrusive Not with the money We visited on a Monday Sorry the Folklore Museum was closed

Thank sharon f
Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

I love making lace and so I took some private instruction here. I cannot say enough about all the wonderful people at the lace museum! My instructor was fantastic! I enjoyed her instruction as well as her company and conversation. After my class she took me down to see the "masters" at work. Incredible!! And everyone was very friendly and... More 

Thank funkykizzy

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