Groeningemuseum

Bruges, Belgium

The Groeningemuseum is built on the site of the medieval Eekhout Abbey. It houses a comprehensive survey of six centuries of Flemish and Belgian painting, from Jan van Eyck to Marcel Broodthaers. The museum's many highlights include its collection of 'Flemish Primitive' art, works by a wide range of Renaissance and Baroque masters, as well as a selection of paintings from the 18th and 19th century neo-classical and realist periods, milestones of Belgian symbolism and modernism, masterpieces of Flemish expressionism and many items from the city's collection of post-war modern art.

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Groeninge 15, Bruges, Belgium
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Category: Museums in Belgium

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Valerie Paxton (4 months ago)
One of the most entertaining art museums ever. Six hundred years of Flemish art that is so amazing, bizarre, violent, reverent, detailed and macabre that you can stare at one painting for ever just pointing out the glory of it all. We had a blast.
Jimmy Micali (6 months ago)
Lovely museum filled with works of Flemish artists, mostly paintings. Works range from as early as 1400s to present day. Very impressive to see the detail and quality that the early artists were able to accomplish.
Aneta Jones (6 months ago)
Beautiful, not too big art gallery. Enjoyed the classic art, some pieces are truly outstanding, not big fan of contemporary pieces but that is up to everyone's taste. Interesting entry via side streets with pointers was already cool experience before even entering the building.
Doina Bors (7 months ago)
Beautiful museum curating the work of various famous Flemish artists. Very well kept and bright. You can do it in less than an hour, if you are in a hurry but you can also spend an entire day, if you want to listen to all the audio guides. A must if you visit Bruges!
Bianca W (10 months ago)
A truly gorgeous gallery! This museum has a great digital tour, that provides you with plenty of information as well as some audio snippets detailing the artworks. Unfortunately the Hieronymus Bosch panels are currently loaned to another museum, but there's still so much stunning work to see. Don't skip this one, it's very much worth your time.
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