Frietmuseum, Brugge

Frietmuseum, Brugge (must see)

Opened in May 2008, the Friet Museum in Brugge is the first and only museum in the world that shows the history of the potato, from its origin to the first chips. The museum contains a collection of machines that were used for processing, harvesting, peeling, sorting, frying and baking potatoes.

The museum is spread across three floors. Exhibits on the ground floor trace the history of potatoes, beginning in Peru c.8000BC. The first floor details the history of fries, and their origins in Belgium. The basement of the building houses a cafe. Exhibits include photographs, artwork, historical potato peelers and chip-making machines, and a video outlining how to make perfect fries.

The building is housed in the Gothic Saaihalle (former wool hall). The building dates back to 1399, was extended as the residence of the Consul of Genoa in 1441, used by weavers from 1578-1750, and has since served variously as an inn, café, cinema, dancehall, and since 1978 as a bank and exhibition space.

Why You Should Visit:
If you were wondering what makes Belgian Frites so tasty or why are they different from the "French" Fries, you might find the answer at this museum.
The entrance fee is reasonable and there's a joint ticket with Choco-Story available with a discount.

Tip:
Make sure you chip in at the end for some very tasty frites.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm (last tickets: 4:15pm)

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Sight Name: Frietmuseum
Sight Location: Brugge, Belgium
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Museums and Galleries Tour II  

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