on September 4, 2006
Groeninge MuseumTuseday-Sunday 9:30-5:00 pmAdmission: 8,00 euros (students and youth 6,00)You can also purchase a pass for 15,00 euros that gains you entrance to five different museums in Bruges.Overall, I wasn't terribly impressed. The admission price seemed high for the paintings displayed.You must put your bag in the lockers; they lost 1,00 euro. The audio tour is included in the admission price. It was a decent audio tour, but considering that much of the art was religious art, it wasn't usually necessary. I mean, you see a painting of the Crucifix, you know what's happening. You don't need an explanation. So, the audio tour offered information on the artists, where they came from, who their influences were -- which is fine, but not as interesting to me. The museum focuses on the Belgian and Dutch masters. You can see works by Hans Memling and Hieronymus Bosch. Eh. They're no Rembrandt.While I was there, they had a huge Frank Brangwyn exhibit which encompasses probably about half of the museum or more, and it was by far the most interesting. Unfortunately, the audio tour doesn't cover any of that.If you have some time to kill, or if you have special interest in Flemish painters, check it out. Otherwise, spend your time wandering the lovely streets of Bruges.
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