This museum presents the unwritten history of Bruges. Its motto: feel your past beneath your feet. Discover the history of the city through different kinds of search and hands-on activities. A fascinating mix of archaeological finds, riddles, replicas and reconstructions shed light on daily life in times gone by, from the home to the workplace and from birth till death.
The museum draws archaeology out of its purely scientific context with a mixture of archaeological findings, replicas and reconstructions demonstrating that archaeology is really the study of people and their environment through the ages. The museum also covers aspects such as landscapes and environment and how people dealt with them, how they lived, buried their dead, or produced food. Following a planned route, you can wander from prehistory through to the late Middle Ages, while fun tasks give even the youngest of visitors an insight into the archaeological process.
As well as several highlights, including the oldest stone tool, a Merovingian wooden wheel, and a 13th century spirelet, the collection is particularly rich in objects linked to various trades, such as potters, tanners, and painters.
The museum’s motto is ‘feel the past beneath your feet’, and visitors experience the city’s history in a playful way, through various interactive elements. The combination of archaeological finds, replicas, and reconstructions is sure to grab you! From prehistory, through the Middle Ages to the present day, the museum allows you to see and experience how people worked, lived, and died. At the end of each time period is an interactive exhibit where visitors can solve an archaeological riddle.
In 1977 the Municipal Archaeology Service took over the collection from the Société Archéologique (Archaeological Society). Later, the collection grew spectacularly thanks to excavations in the centre of Bruges. Construction work in the city’s suburbs also yielded extraordinary findings dating from the Metal Ages and from the Roman and Merovingian eras. As of 2006 this has been an accessible museum that shows archaeology and daily life throughout history in a child-friendly way.