About the Museum
After a thorough renovation, the city palace of the lords of Gruuthuse is now open to visitors. Gruuthusemuseum takes you to three crucial periods in the rich history of Bruges: the time of Burgundian prosperity, the 17th and 18th centuries and the historical ‘reinvention’ of Bruges in the 19th century.
These three periods come to life in over 600 collection items, from majestic tapestries and unique Gothic stained glass windows to elegant wooden sculptures and historic lace, paintings, porcelain and silver. The highlight of the collection is the authentic late 15th century oratory, which connects the palace and the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of our Lady) with a view of the Gothic chancel of the church.
Louis of Gruuthuse
The first hall displays the portrait of Louis of Gruuthuse, the man who gave this city palace its grandeur in the 15th century. He was a shrewd businessman, a talented diplomat, a patron, and a lover of culture.
The new museum pavilion
The new museum pavilion in the inner square was built during the most recent work on the Gruuthuse Palace in 2019. There you will find the ticket offices and information about Musea Brugge.