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Bruges Diamond Museum

Bruges has a long history of diamond polishing, going back to 1450 when local goldsmith Lodewijk van Berquem invented the modern technique of using diamond powder on a rotating disk. The Bruges Diamond Museum ( Diamantmuseum Brugge) has a variety of exhibits on this craft, as well as mining and setting diamonds. The museum also offers live polishing demonstrations each day, and often hosts temporary exhibitions with famous stones and jewellery. The gift shop stocks rough and synthetic diamonds, as well as more reasonably-priced souvenirs.

Information & Facts

Address

Oude Gentweg

Admission

EUR7 adults, EUR5 children. Other concessions available.

Language

The Flemish, in the north, speak Dutch (60% of the population); the Walloons in the south speak French (40%). Brussels is bilingual, the majority of citizens speaking French. In the east there is a small German-speaking community. English is also spoken.

Money

Euro (EUR) divided into 100 cents. Most credit cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Diners Club and Eurcard) as are travellers cheques (though it is best to carry them in Euros, US dollars or Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges when exchanging). ATMs are available in all major cities. Banks are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, and are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Some banks close for an hour during lunch. There are however some foreign exchange offices that trade on Sundays.

Opening Times

Daily 10:30am-5:30pm. Diamond-polishing demonstration daily 12:15pm.

Time

Local time in Belgium is GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

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