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Must See Museums While Staying in the Hotels in Bruges: The Groe

If there is only one museum you can visit while lodging at the hotels in Bruges, Belgium, the Groeningemuseum should be it. Not only is it the municipal museum of Bruges, it is the top in the list of must go to museums because it holds a impressive survey of six centuries of Belgian and Flemish art work. These include those which are called the “Flemish Primitive”, a variety of Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces as well as paintings from the neo-classical and realist eras and masterpieces of Flemish expressionism, symbolism and modernism and post war modern art.

The Groeningemuseum is also known as “The City Museum of Fine Arts”. But its name takes its reference from Groeninge Straat or Groeninge Street and also from Groeninge Fields where the Flemish Army defeated the French king in 1302.

This museum prides itself with a collection of famous pieces done by renowned Flemish painters and notable others that lived and worked in Bruges. It is a must see while staying at one of the fine hotels in Bruges. Featured in its collection of “Flemish Primitive” are two of the works of Jan Van Eyck, the first and most important painter of the said genre. They are the portrait of Margareta Van Eyck, the artist’s wife, and “The Madonna with Canon Joris van der Paele” which was done in 1436.

Also featured are the 15th century work of Hugo van der Goes, '’Death of the Holy Virgin”, “The Baptism of Christ” by Gerard David and Hans Memling’s ‘'The Justice of King Cambyses'’.

There is an entire section devoted to Baroque and Renaissance paintings from Jan Provoost, Pieter Pourbus, Lanceloot Blondeel and Adrian Isenbrant. Paintings of famous artists who are not from Bruges can also be found in the museum. Some of these artists are Jan van Hemesssen, Cornelis van Cleve, Adriaan Key. Baroque paintings of Bruges in the 17th century done by Jacob van Oost can also be seen as well as those of Pieter Bruegel’s and Jan Antoon Garremijn’s.

The works of Joseph Suvée, Jozef Ducq, Jozef Odevaere and Albert Gregorius represent the 19th century collection of Bruges artists influenced by the classicist style from the end of the 18th.century.

The museum has also acquired the Herbert Collection along with a set of Flemish expressionist paintings from the school of Sint-Martens-Latem. There are even some hotels in Bruges that take their décor cues from this art .

Groeningemuseum is located at Dijver 12, 8000 Brugge and is open everyday at 09:30 am until 04:00 pm. The entrance admission for individuals is 8 EUR. For groups with a minimum of 15 persons, senior citizens aged sixty and above and young people aged from thirteen to twenty-six, the reduced ate of 5 EUR is given. For children below thirteen years, admission is free. Speak to the concierge at whatever of the fine hotels in Bruges you are staying at for free admission passes. You never know what you will get without asking, because many of these hotels in Bruges have a relationship with the museum.

Anyone who comes to visit and stays at the hotels in Bruges and visits the museum Groeningemuseum, can be assured that this destination is no tourist trap and is worth your while. Students or aficionados of art would find it a treat and perhaps one visit would not suffice. If you are staying at one of the hotels in Bruges, it will be an easy trip to re-visit this unbelievable museum before your trip is over.


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