A historical museum housed in the opulent Gruuthuse Palace

The Gruuthusemuseum is a palace in Bruges that holds over 500 years of history. Louis van Gruuthuse was the man who made the palace grand and his life motto was “Plus est en vous” or “There’s more in you.”

Inside the palace, visitors can see majestic tapestries, colourful stained-glass windows, elegant wooden sculptures, historic lace, Burgundian manuscripts, and Chinese porcelain. Each object tells a unique story about Bruges.

In 2021, it was awarded the ‘Portimão Museum Prize – Europe’s Most Welcoming Museum’ at the annual European Museum of the Year Awards ceremony.

The highlight of the museum is the authentic late 15th-century oratory that connects the Gruuthuse palace to the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady) and provides a view of the Gothic chancel of the church.

From the balcony, visitors can enjoy a fantastic view of the most beautiful spots in Bruges, including one of the most photographed bridges and the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady).

Getting There

Gruuthusemuseum is located in the city center of  Bruges, making it easily accessible on foot from all major attractions in the city.


Dijver 17, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
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Hours and Fees


Tuesday – Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.




Your admission is free if you have museumPASSmusées, Musea Brugge.

Standard rate : € 15
Seniors (65 and older) :€ 15
Youth 18-25 years :€ 13
Youth 13-17 years :€ 7
Children (13 and under) :Free
Musea Brugge Card holders :Free
Museumpassmusées holders :Free