Unique museums in Flanders: diamonds, beer and cycling
Museums aren’t only places to admire art or skeletons. In Flanders, our museums delve into the world of diamonds, teach the secret recipie for making beer and tell stories of a forgotten empire. One thing is for certain, these must-see museums will leave you inspired.
Hof van Busleyden
Hof van Busleyden, a stunning city palace in Mechelen, has a permanent exhibition that shines the spotlight on the lesser known chapter of history, the Burgundian Netherlands. In this 16th century palace, you’ll find masterpieces by Flemish masters such as Peter Paul Rubens and Pieter Bruegel, and discover the legacy of important figures in history such as Charles the Bold, Margaret of Austria, Thomas More and Emperor Charles V.
Bruges Beer Museum
Belgium is renowned worldwide for its diverse and delicious beer. Centuries-old traditions live on in our Trappist beers, while state-of-the-art developments and a wave of new craft beer brewers mean you are never short of options. In fact, you’ll find no fewer than 2,000 unique types of beer. Immerse yourself in this monumental legacy with the Bruges Beer Experience. Discover the secrets of the master brewer, learn all about beer pairing and indulge your senses with a delicious and thirst-quenching beer.
Antwerp has long been associated with diamonds. The sparkling precious stones have been processed here since at least 1447 and a new museum is dedicated to the Antwerp diamond story - DIVA. This experience centre offers an ode to Antwerp, capital city of the diamond. The DIVA centre offers a glimpse into the dazzling history of this gemstone and tells you all there is to know about the unrivalled craftsmanship and the unique history behind Antwerp diamonds.
Sven Nys Cycling Center
There is no-one better placed to explain to you what cyclocross is, than Sven Nys, two-times world champion and nine-times Belgian champion in cyclocross. Wander through the Sven Nys Cycling Center from one moment of cycling history to the next memorable triumph. Plough through the sandpit on a cyclocross bike, experience how a real cyclocrosser prepares and explore the track of the Grand Prix Sven Nys on Balenberg hill.
The Crystal Ship
To enjoy the artistic side of Ostend, you don’t even have to visit a museum thanks to The Crystal Ship. So let’s make an exception in our list and hop outside. In recent years, this unique street art festival has left an indelible impression on the city. More than fifty unique masterpieces have turned the city into a permanent art gallery. Join one of the weekly guided tours or stroll around and let fate determine the path you take.
Nowadays, culture is the main resource being mined at this former coal mining site in Genk. This area is now the home of C-Mine, a centre that offers a wide range of cultural and tourist activities. It offers major exhibitions on culinary discoveries, concerts, scenic walking tours and much, much more. Be sure to take part in the C-mine Expedition: a unique experience for all your senses, culminating in a climb to the top of the authentic mine shaft. The view from the top of the nearly 200ft tower is the cherry on the cake.
Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, high arts, beer, cycling or diamonds: there’s always something to see and do in Flanders. So why not come down for a surprising visit? Hope to see you soon.
Story created on June 13, 2018