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Frietmuseum, Bruges
(2.1/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The chips I had been looking forward too for the whole entire coach chip turned out not so great :-( the after taste from the oil was not my cup of tea at all and the chicken snacks were somewhat unfa...  more »
  • A must for the first time visitor to Brugge explaining the confusion between the French Fry and its Belgian origins along with the history of the potato. A good portion of chips at the end. 
  • The story of the Belgian [French] Fries and the potato. Sounds a bit boring but quite interesting if you have the time. Lovely plate of chips at the end. 
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  • Nice museum about the potato. In approximately an hour you have seen the museum. Nice to combine with the chocolate museum which is just a couple of hundred meters away. You get a discount if you visit both (ask for a combined ticket).
  • Not really interesting. Quite expensive for what you see. No fries tasting. You can buy some fries but not as tasty as you expect
  • Seems like a joke and it is, although it's an entertaining way to spend some time. The fries in Belgium are awesome. Probably a fun place to take kids. In retrospect though my time would have been better spent elsewhere.
  • Very elaborate history of the potato and the "Friet". Would not recommend eating the fries in the basement, they were not hand-made so not really worth it.
  • This museum should probably rename itself to the potatomuseum. The history of the potatoes is highlighted far more extensively and whilst undoubtedly related to the fries, it was not as interesting. The cellar, containing a frituur (fry-shop) of its own makes up for a couple of things, and although priced at tourist level, the portions are significant and the fries are good. Ultimately: I would not recommend this place unless you're very interested in the history of the potato in Europe!