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Lumina Domestica - The Lamp Museum
Ranked #81 of 154 things to do in Bruges
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

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 lamps are presented. There are plenty of exemplar lamps on display, maybe too many. Maybe the technical advances should be explained in movies rather than in text. And I think they could say a little more about the consequences of certain inventions. For example, I remember from the lamp museum in Liège that people had to get out of bed to keep the street lighting going, in medieval times. When longer-lasting lamps were made, this significantly helped people's lives. I missed that information here.

Thank RHAHJ
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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Very interesting. Really goes back to the origins of fire which is weird. The number of lamps is stunning and the wax figures are disturbing!!
Could do with more on electric lighting maybe but it is an interesting trip. Get a 3in1 ticket for best value.

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Reviewed 6 September 2016

We entered The Lamp Museum on the Bruges city card, so value for money wasn't really a factor for us. Whilst we were in the choco-story, it made sense to tag this on for no extra. It is worth saying most people see The Lamp Museum as a tag-on to visiting the choco-story.

It bears saying that The Lamp Museum was better than choco-story. There were some genuinely interesting facts about lighting and the passion of Eddie, the collector who occasionally pops up to tell you stuff on videos around the museum, really shines through. One did have the sneaking suspicion throughout that Eddie's lamp collecting got out of hand and his poor wife threatened to throw them out unless he did something about it: thus the lamp museum was born! It was sweet that the last video was of Eddie's son, who has since inherited the lamp collection and is continuing his father's passion.

I was a tad sceptical of some of the prehistoric lamp information, which seemed a mite speculative, and - though absolutely understanding the inclusion in the collection - didn't find them terribly interesting. As we progressed through the centuries, we reached more lamps that were pretty to look at.

We didn't spend ages in the museum but it is worth a visit. If you think the choco-story was good, you're far more likely to get some value out of this.

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Reviewed 5 June 2016

If you are visiting the Choco-story, and have a Brugge City Card, then don't miss this! It is a surprising little museum that charts the onset of how we came to have lighting - with quite a few interesting facts that you will not have known beforehand. It's quite a contrast to the Choco-Story but lovely in itself and as it;s in the same building why not do both?

Thank Cookie187
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Reviewed 27 February 2016

Obscure exhibition and quite enlightening. Worth the visit for the pure audacity of the curator to exhibit such a display.

Thank Alan M
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