Visiting Museums in Belgian Flanders
Art, archaeology, history – find out how to make the most of the museums using discount passes and vouchers...
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.
- To find a local tourist offices, See The Business Directory, Tourist Offices & Information
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).
- To purchase a Brugge City Card online: Click here
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.
- Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen
At: Leopold De Waelplaats, 2000 Antwerp
Tel: 03 242 04 16
Fax: 03 248 08 10
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday 10:00-18:00
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.
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.
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.
- Belfort Gent
Open: Monday to Sunday 10:00-18:00
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.
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.
At 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.
At: Abdijstraat 8, 1850 Grimbergen
Tel: 02 260 12 99
Open: Monday to Sunday 10:00-17:00