Gruuthuse


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by travelprone on February 15, 2002

This museum brings to life the historical 15-17th centuries in which the tiny Lowland countries flourished and a class of wealthy merchants enjoyed luxuries such as tapestries to warm their cold walls, musical instruments to help them while away leisure hours, porcelain dishes to dine from, and paintings to embellish their homes.

The house itself is impressive in its exterior, set back, with courtyard, from the street which must have been bustling then with trading activity that may have rivalled the burgeoning tourist activity now. Some telltale signs of age (missing cornices, weathered mullions, etc.) in the exterior suggest ongoing need for restoration but the interior shows much evidence of restoration having been done. Old wooden furniture gleams and the exhibits of small artifacts used by the inhabitants seem carefully laid out. We enjoyed it especially because we visited when it wasn't crowded: in the early afternoon after lunch break when it reopened at 2 P.M.

Gruuthuse
Dijver 17
Bruges, Belgium

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