Owned and operated by the same people who run Choco-Story, the Friet Museum seems to run on a similar winning formula, a museum based on a cultural treasure. In this case, potato fries. Specifically, Belgian fries. Otherwise known as French fries(which country made them first is an ongoing dispute). Located in the former Wool Hall of Bruges, that was built in 1399, and over the years it has been used by merchants, weavers, as an inn, a bank, a dancehall, a cafe, and a cinema.
The Gothic building has survived in pristine condition and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside, the fries museum is covers three floors. The first and second floors exhibit the history of potatoes, starting from the first cultivations in Peru circa 8000 BC, to the relatively modern 19th century history of fries and how they came to be in Belgium. A cafe is located in the basement.
- The chip cafe in the basement is highly recommended! Try out those Belgian fries with different sauces here, and some other Belgian dishes as well.
- Along with the Choco-Story this place could be another fun trip for the family with kids.
- Average visiting time is 45 minutes.
- Part of the historic centre of Bruges, and only a short walk from the Markt, so you can plan your trip keeping that in mind.
- A museum about potatoes and fries housed in a historic medieval building.
- Biekorf parking Naaldenstraat 10 or on Sint-Jansplein street.
- Adult 6 Euros, Students and seniors (65+) 5 Euros, Children (6-11 years) 4 Euros.
- Walking/cycling distance from the bus stop at the edge of the historic centre.
- There is the in house fries cafe in the basement.
- Restaurante Curiosa (French, moderately expensive, casual)
- Bierbrasserie Cambrinus (bar/Belgian, moderately expensive, casual)
- Baobab (International, highly expensive, casual)
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14.51% of people who visit Bruges include Friet Museum in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
65.57% of people start their Friet Museum visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Friet Museum
80.36% of people prefer walking in order to reach Friet Museum
I won't be able to eat fries at home for a long time after tasting them here in the basement fry shop. They where absolutely, amazingly good! The Museum is also very lovingly made and interesting
Much more than a museum celebrating frites, fries or chips, which it is, but a thoroughly engaging and in-depth exhibition of the biology of the humble potato in its many diverse forms. This museum is devoted to the history of the potato, but with special emphasis on the French Fry - which originated in Belgium of course. Everyone will get something from this museum, and yes, the basement Cafe serves up samples for you to try (your entrance ticket gives you 40c off a portion!).
A wonderfully weird place indeed. We enjoyed spending an hour or two walking around discovering the history of fries. Overall an enjoyable experience and something good to do to get out of the rain.
Very pricey for something we found to be only mildly interesting. The kids favourite part was the video of potatoes being harvested and processed. Probably enough said. To be fair, they did have a little activity for younger kids, but it was all very unimaginative and didn't hold attention for long. I was at least expecting a portion of chips at the end, but no, you had to buy them from the slightly seedy cafe. I'm sorry to say this, but I'd say, save your money and buy a portion of friets instead!
I thought they did well to have quite that much information on the history of potatoes (ground floor) and frites/chips (upstairs). We suspect the fries sold in the basement are not veggie- certainly they left us with a certain "greasiness".