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. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bruges trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • Playful Museum of the potato to fries. a bit expensive 8 euro adult admission with a discount of €0.40 to enjoy a cone of fries at the chip shop in the basement.
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  • Museum different, interesting, reasonable priced (at least for us) and our daughter had fun with the stickers and the area to play the top floor. Perhaps missed a tasting, but fine in general
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  • As a joke and also out of curiosity, I wanted to make this museum. We had paid our seats beforehand "Choco-Story", it was a little cheaper. The two museums together amounted to € 13. If we had done this separately, it would cost €2 more. Surprisingly, it wasn't that bad, we learned a few things and there was a room with funny anecdotes. Were exposed to the bag of chips "Radio Contact" had sent in space and for example the prize awarded in the record books for the longest cooking fries (1988). Not exceptional but it was at least an original topic. Then we got two coupons of €0.40 for we enjoy Fries at the - 1. What we have done, it was planned anyway (then the smell emanated in the Museum). They were not bad but not great, too bad.
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  • Well, it's educational, this is for sure. Very detailed information about the domestication of the potato and about belgian frying culture. German translation would have been nice, but Germans mostly speak english and this museum is not for kids, too much text. This could be done better I think. The restaurant could also look more cozy, it looked very clinical.
  • It's informative in terms of the potatoes origin and it's quite interesting. But I think it's a little bit overpriced. Especially, because there was no one at the restaurant, so I saw lots of chips and couldn't try any.
  • A very nice museum. It explains the origins of potatoes and how they become fries. Inside the museum there's a little fast food where you can eat fries qith good prices.
  • Tourist trap. Can be interesting, but you should not expect a lot
  • It's fine if you want to get out of the rain but the museum is pretty dull. There's a lot of text about potatoes and limited interactive parts. You get a small discount on the fries in the restaurant but there aren't any samples/tasters on the way round.

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