The Lace Centre - Bruges

By the end of the 16th century, lace, which had arrived in Bruges from Venice, became an essential element in fashion, thanks especially to the growing trend for ruffs and large sleeves. Lace was also one of the main factors in the proto-industrialisation of Flanders. The cotton thread that the lace makers worked with in their homes was supplied by merchants, who would later buy the finished lace articles back from them. The Lace Centre presents both the trivial and the terrible aspects of the history of lace making. It is both a museum and an academy, where lace makers come to learn their trade from all over Europe… and from much further afield. Indeed nowadays there is a strong chance that the lace on offer in the shops of Bruges was actually produced in South-East Asia.


Monday- Friday: 10am-12pm/ 2pm-6pm. Saturday: 10am-12pm / 2pm-5pm


Individual : 2.50€ / under 12s, students, over 65s and groups (over 20) : 1.50€ / Bruges residents: 1€ / under 6s : free

Address : Peperstraat 3A 8000 Bruges Belgium

Bus : Line 6 or 16

Phone : +32 50 33 00 72

Fax : +32 50 33 04 17

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