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Frietmuseum, Bruges

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Learn about the legacy of the fried potato at Frietmuseum, the only museum dedicated to what most know people as "French fries." Fries actually originated in Belgium, and this museum tracks the development of the ubiquitous side dish and its cultural significance to its home country. The same two families that opened the Belgium Chocolate Museum are responsible for this attraction, which is housed inside Bruges' oldest building. Start your tour with an overview of the history of potatoes, a mainstay crop for the nation. Move on to learn about the equipment used to cook them, from ovens to deep friers. Modern artists' versions of the fry in sculpture and painting are displayed alongside engaging exhibits celebrating Belgium's relationship to fries. If you've worked up an appetite, try a sample of the tasty fries at the end of your self-guided tour. Purchase your tickets when you arrive, or email the museum to make reservations. Make your own fries at home using recipes from their website. Make Frietmuseum a part of your Bruges vacation plans using our Bruges trip itinerary builder.
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  • Interesting to find out more about the history and properties of the potato but a bit lacking concerning the history of the fries. Could do with offering some free tasting including in the ticket.  more »
  • How much can you find out about potatoes? Actually, quite a lot, however, for some reason, this museum lacks the interest of the chocolate museum. It was about the same size, but, I can't put my finge...  more »
  • The story of chips of potato through advertising of the past was great. Well presented, was super especially for kids.
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  • Disappointing overall. Lots of information but it could have been presented more imaginatively. Would have benefited from some demonstrations rather than the overload of words.
  • Quite interesting if you really love fries. Lots of information/diagrams/pictures of the history and various types of fries and how they are made and eaten. A bit of information overload at the end, so we thought we'd go down to the basement for some fries. Turned out it wasn't anything special, just that they had lots of options for sauces. The interior of the cafe was too gaudy, and felt rather commercialised. Also some food was burnt too much to taste like food. Could have been more memorable, but since we bought the day pass so didn't feel too bad about it!
  • Let's be honest, who doesn't love fries? Learn all about then here! If wandering through the museum makes you hungry, worry not they have their own fryer downstairs turning out amazing fries plus lots of choices to go with them. Really enjoyed it, worth a visit!
  • Wasn't that impressed, just history of potatoes and how to make chips. End of the tour had to share a MacDonalds size portion of chips between 5 people
  • Very nice museum to discover the history of the "French fries". if you travel with children you defenetly should visit this place!

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