Historium is an experience attraction. You will step through lifelike sets in which film, music and special effects combine to create a magical experience. In this way you will live out an engrossing love story played out in the golden age of Bruges. It is more than seeing and hearing. You can smell and feel how life was in those times.
Thanks to the audio guide, you will experience everything in your own language.
The story that you experience in Historium takes you back to the 15th century, or 1435 to be precise. You will witness the day when Jacob met the love of his life...
The young Jacob works for Jan Van Eyck, the famous painter, and in the early morning has to pick up model Anna and parakeet Frederico from the Bruges quays. But not everything goes as planned...
Multi Senses! Historium is more than seeing and hearing. You step back into the past... and smell and feel how life was back then. Special effects make the experience even more intense. Prepare to be amazed by the smell of sage soap in the baths and feel the wind when you fly over the old city.
Enjoy the music by Nicholas Lens specially written for Historium, performed by the Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir.
- Van Eyck
- Di Bicci & Wieland Lauweryn
- The Rosary Bead Maker
- The Bathing Girl
Bruges 1435. The famous painter Jan Van Eyck completes his painting 'Madonna with Canon Joris Van der Paele'. There are two figures missing from the canvas: the madonna and a green ring-necked parakeet. Jacob the apprentice is sent by his master to the port to pick up the models. Instantly, he falls in love with the ravishing Anna. In the subsequent commotion, the ring-necked parakeet flies away and Anna runs after the bird. To make matters worse, Jacob breaks an heirloom given to him by his mother when he fell. In spite of his clumsiness, will he be able to fulfil his dream and ever become a painter? And in turn will Anna fall for him? The exciting and compelling love story runs as a thread through Historium and takes you on a unique and truthful trip through the glorious, medieval Bruges.
To bring medieval Bruges back to life, not only were historic interiors reconstructed, but the old city was also digitally reconstructed under the leadership of a team of renowned historians. In Historium you even fly through the impressive Waterhalle, which rises before your very eyes thanks to modern computer techniques.
Things you need to know about Bruges
After the walkthrough experience, there follows an interactive exhibition. There you will discover the essence of the Bruges Middle Ages, which is interwoven into the chapters of the story.
Test yourself and do the quiz - you will know more than you think!
Make up an original postcard with your face and send it to all your friends.
Enjoy the panoramic terrace with a unique view of the Belfry and the town square. An excellent photo opportunity!Plan your visit
Duration of the visit: up to about 1,5 hours
Beer tasting at Duvelorium
(Grand Beer Café)
DUVELORIUM (Grand Beer Café)
The Duvelorium is the ideal way to immerse yourself in the impressive journey back in time to the Bruges of the middle ages.
Savour and enjoy a variety of speciality Belgian beers in the unique ambiance of the Duvelorium. Duvel, Vedett, beers from the Achouffe brewery, Liefmans and De Koninck are all waiting to be sampled. The panoramic terrace offers a breathe-taking view across the market place of Bruges. In the shop visitors can purchase the beers and special offer packages. A special Historium-Duvel glass has been produced and this can only be obtained in the Historium museum. A great souvenir and a real must have for all Duvel aficionados. Experiencing the moment, relaxing and then really appreciating the wonderful surroundings and unique view, that is what Duvelorium is all about.
Due to a technical problem, it is currently not possible to buy tickets online.
However you can purchase your tickets inside our building. Historium is open daily from 10am to 18pm, with the last entrance at 17pm.
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