Groeningemuseum in Bruges

Groeningemuseum in Bruges


Six centuries of Belgian visual arts in one location, with work by Flemish Primitives such as Hans Memling, Jan van Eyck and Gerard David, neo-classicism by Joseph Odevaere and Joseph Ducq, Flemish expressionism, and 20th-century modern art by  Roger Raveel, René Magritte and Raoul De Keyser

Flemish primitives

In Groeningemuseum you will find paintings by Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Hugo van der Goes, Gerard David, Hieronymus Bosch, Ambrosius Benson, Lancelot Blondeel, father Pourbus, and his sons and their contemporaries. They were masters who came from the Low Countries and often worked in Bruges and completed assignments there in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Several of those paintings are regarded as milestones in the history of European art.

A bird’s-Eye view of six centuries of visual arts

Apart from work by Pieter Bruegel the Younger and Peter Lely, the museum also possesses lots of historical items and flower pieces and various monumental canvases by Jacob van Oost.

The paintings by the Bruges neo-classicists from the latter decades of the 18th and 19th centuries form an impressive ensemble. Artists such as Joseph-Benoît Suvée, Jean-Bernard Duvivier, Joseph Ducq, Joseph Odevaere, and François Joseph Kinsoen did their formal training in Bruges and thereafter built up international careers with their works of history pieces and refined portraits.

The 19th and 20th centuries are represented by work from Edmond van Hove, Ferdinand Khnopff, Emile Claus, and paintings by the Flemish expressionists, by work from Permeke, De Smet, Van de Woestyne and Brusselmans. Groeningemuseum possesses almost all editions of Marcel Broodthaers’ printed work, six works by Georges Van Tongerloo, paintings by Paul Delvaux and René Magritte, and post-war work by Raoul De Keyser and Roger Raveel.

Temporary exhibitions

Groeningemuseum is a dynamic institution with alternating presentations, focus exhibitions, and research projects which culminate in exhibitions with an international allure.

Jan van Eyck in Bruges
12 March 2020 to 12 July 2020

Opening times

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday – Sunday: 09:30 – 17:00

Prices: Standard rate 12 euro, (1o euro for 65+)

 Exceptionally open
  • 24 December 2020: 09:30 – 16:00
  • 31 December 2020: 09:30 – 16:00

Exceptionally closed

  • 25 December 2020

Special editions of Groeninge museum:

Afterglow / A Taste of Art After Hours (Groeningemuseum)

16 July, From 17.00 to 21.00 hrs
€ 12 / € 10 (red)

Meet & greet Van Eyck

Follow in Jan van Eyck’s footsteps with an expert guide. ‘Meet’ the master, learning all about his personal life and discovering where the painter lived and worked in the 15th century – Bruges’ golden era. The guide will familiarise you with the atmosphere of the Burgundian period – the time when van Eyck lived – as well as showing you spots around the city where you can ‘greet’ his creations and still feel his presence. The guide will also take you to some secret hidden spots in the city.

          28 June to 6 September
 Information office Markt (Historium)

Wednesdays and Sundays at 2.30 p.m. Rendezvous: Tourist office Markt (Historium)

Maximum 10 persons per guide.

€ 12.50 – Upon presentation of a printed ticket for the guided city walk, you will receive a discount of € 2 on the regular entrance price at the front desk of the Groeningemuseum (discount only valid from Sunday 28 June until Sunday 6 September 2020). Because of the corona measures, the Groeningemuseum works with a reservation system.

Free entrance for children under 12 years old.

Reservations obliged online, tourist office Markt (Historium) or tourist office railway station (passageway to the platforms, city center side).

Symposium: Underdrawing and Technology in Painting

 8 September 2021 to 10 September 202 @ Concertgebouw Brugge

From 8 to 10 September 2021, Musea Brugge and UCL will be organising the 22nd symposium on drawing and technology in painting.


The following museums and places of interest are open:

Adornesdomein (Adornes domain)Arentshuis,  Basiliek van het Heilig Bloed (Basilica of the Holy Blood)Brouwerij Bourgogne des Flandres (Brewery Bourgogne des Flandres)Brugse Vrije (Liberty of Bruges)Cozmix – Volkssterrenwacht (Cozmix Public observatory Beisbroek)Dali museumGezellehuisGroeningemuseum (Groeninge Museum)Gruuthusemuseum (Gruuthuse Museum)HistoriumHuisbrouwerij De Halve Maan (Brewery De Halve Maan)Foltermuseum (Torture museum)Kantcentrum (Lace Centre)O.L.V.-kerk Museum (Church of Our Lady)O.L.V. ter Potterie (Our Lady of the Pottery)SeafrontSint-Janshospitaal (St. John’s Hospital)Stadhuis (Town Hall)Volkskundemuseum (Folklore Museum). Concert HallChoco-Story (Chocolate Museum), Frietmuseum (Fries Museum)

In the restart phase the opening periods and times may deviate from what is customary. To ensure a safe visit, specific regulations apply and the number of visitors is limited. Because of the corona measures, Musea Brugge works with a reservation system. Click here for more information.

Booking in advance guarantees your visit.