Lumina Domestica - The Lamp Museum, Bruges

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  • There are over 60,000 lamps in this museum and we went there for the sheer uniqueness of it. We enjoyed the videos done by the curator. I've never seen that many lamps in my life but it was neat to se...  more »
  • We got a ticket combining the visit of the Lumina with Choco-Story and the Friet museum (13 euro student price) but we went back we would have happily done without visit linked to the history of the bulbs. Given that the Italian in these 3 museums is not considered, but would not be a problem, except that the Museum is devoid of stimuli for interaction with the audience, like an antique store at times bleak and embarrassing. We are not expert or interested in details and then recommend to those who are like us. Walked in 5 minutes.
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  • Secretly I found this museum more interesting than the Choco museum, huge collection that is made with care and attention, good stories, just combine with the Choco museum.
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  • Lumina is housed in the same museum as the Chocolate Museum in Bruges. It only costs an extra €4 which is a real bargain. The museum takes the visitor through the history of lighting and consists of one man's collection of over 6,500 lamps from the earliest rough stone prehistoric lamps through to highly decorative candlesticks and oil lamps from the 20th century. There are also very early light-bulbs and lighting-related advertising. When you think about it, the ability to light our homes probably changed human lives than almost anything else, so it's fascinating to see how technologies (and lighting efficiency) changed over the centuries, thus allowing us to do more in the dark hours. Now we enjoy bright light 24 hours a day if required, so imagine what it was like for people when they were first able to bring a dim and feeble glow into their homes that allowed them to extend their leisure and working hours. The collection is extraordinary and will appeal to anyone who loves archaeology, antiques, the history of interiors, product design or technology. There is an extensive display of Roman oil lamps, and wonderful medieval lamps in various styles and designs. The displays are well-presented in this modern museum that is located in one of the historic buildings of Bruges. If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed by the busy city streets and local attractions then you should wander round Lumina as it's a rarely visited gem. When we went, the part of the building that is The Chocolate Story was nicely busy, however we looked round Lumina all by ourselves - not one other visitor was to be seen. When we mentioned this to the woman at the reception desk she told us that the chocolate museum routinely had about 500 visitors a day, whereas a good day attendance at Lumina was only 5 or 6 people. Yes, you read that right... 5 or 6 individuals. Very sad. We do hope it won't have to close.
  • Not recommended. One can visit this museum only if one also the choco museum or the fries museum visit. One must therefore take a combi ticket required if one wants to visit the lamp museum. That's tying and so is prohibited by law.
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