Lumina Domestica - The Lamp Museum, Bruges

(3.2/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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TripAdvisor
  • 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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  • Complete history of lamps, preferred the start of the museum which was a bit more exciting. Did get a bit bored as we went through with only signboards to read. Would be better if a bit more interacti...  more »
  • This museum tells a fairly complete history of light. Starting from forest fires, the first shells and shell-shaped clay lamps, the technical innovations in oil lamps and ultimately gas and other lamp...  more »
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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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