Visiting Museums in Belgian Flanders

Art, archaeology, history – find out how to make the most of the museums using discount passes and vouchers...

Tourist Cards

No discount card is available for the whole region of Flanders – tourist cards and passes are specific to individual cities. The first stop should therefore be the local tourist office.

Antwerp City Card

The Antwerp City Card gives free access to 43 Antwerp museums and churches for 48 hours from the time at which it is first validated. It also includes a minimum 25 percent discount on most bicycle rentals and local attractions. Free maps and brochures are also provided. There are no discounts on the price of the card for students, children or families.

  • It is possible to buy the Antwerp City Card either at the tourist office or online: Click here (website in Dutch)

Bruges City Card

The Brugge City Card gives free access to 26 museums, attractions and places of interest and comes with a comprehensive free visitors’ guide. In addition, a free round trip on the canals is included from March to mid-November. Additional discounts are available on bike rentals, car parks and bus passes. City Cards can be bought for 48 or 72 hours and a special discount is available for students (under 26).

Ghent CityCard

The CityCard Gent gives free access to Ghent’s main museums and monuments and to all buses and trams in the city for 48 or 72 hours. It also includes a boat trip in the city.

  • For further information about the CityCard: Click here (in French)

Museums in Flanders

Royal Museum of Fine Arts (Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen): The museum has a collection of over 7,500 paintings, sculptures and drawings. It houses paintings from the major Flemish Primitives: Rubens, van Eyck, Memling, etc. Nineteenth century artists are also represented, and the museum has the largest collection of works by James Ensor in the world.

Rubens House (Rubenshuis): Designed by Rubens himself, the house is located in central Antwerp. It is a baroque house with a Renaissance garden and contains one of the richest collections of Rubens' works, including his self-portrait. The architecture of the building and the gardens alone make it an Antwerp must-see.

  • Rubenshuis
    At: Wapper 9-11, 2000 Antwerp
    Tel: 03 201 15 55
    Fax: 03 227 36 92
    Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00

Diamond Museum (Diamantmuseum) As well as being the largest diamond exchange in the world, Antwerp houses the largest diamond museum. Diamonds of all different shapes and colours are on display. The museum presents the diamond industry's history and current business operations.

  • Diamantmuseum
    At: Koningin Astridplein 19-23, 2018 Antwerp
    Tel: 03 202 48 90
    Fax: 03 202 48 98
    Open: Monday to Sunday 10:00-17:30 except Wednesday

Ghent Belfry (Belfort Gent): The Belfry is the symbol of Ghent's independence and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It has panoramic views of historic Ghent. Visits are possible daily.

City Museum Ghent (Stadsmuseum Gent - STAM): The STAM houses permanent and temporary exhibitions. The museum itself is housed in a 14th-century abbey, a 17th-century monastery and contemporary buildings. Permanent exhibitions focus on the city's history, with a large collection of paintings on display and themed rooms.

  • STAM
    At: Godshuizenlaan 2, 9000 Ghent
    Tel: 09 267 14 00
    Fax: 09 267 14 98
    Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00

Lace Centre Bruges (Kantcentrum): The Lace Centre has a permanent exhibition displaying several different varieties of lace. Temporary exhibitions often feature some foreign pieces. Lace demonstrations are also given.

  • Lace Centre
    At: Peperstraat 3a, 8000 Bruges
    Open: Monday to Saturday 10:00-17:00

Choco-Story: A museum dedicated to the history of chocolate. Workshops are also available. In addition to the museum itself, a walk along Bruges' "chocolate streets" is recommended.

  • Choco-Story
    Wijnzakstraat 2, 8000 Bruges
    Tel: 050 61 22 37
    Open: Monday to Sunday 10:00-17:00

Abbey Beer Museum (Abdijbiermuseum): This is the first beer museum in the world. The Abbey itself has stopped producing beer, but Grimbergen Abbey beer is still being produced and exported. Guided tours of the Abbey with beer tasting and film viewing can be organised via the tourist office in Grimbergen.

  • Abdijbiermuseum
    : Abdijstraat 8, 1850 Grimbergen
    Tel: 02 260 12 99
    Open: Monday to Sunday 10:00-17:00