Back in the day

I really hadn’t ever heard of it and it seems to be fairly new, the Historium in Bruges. I came across it when I was researching things to do in Bruges for my tour group. So when I was actually in Bruges, walking around, thinking about what to do, I decided to give it a try. All I knew really was that it would portray Bruges during the golden age. Sounds interesting.

It was beyond what I expected. I paid my entry fee and got a headset. It would automatically activated as I entered the museum. I was a bit confused on what was going to happen, especially when I heard that every 4 minutes the first door opens. I didn’t have to wait that long and stepped in all by myself. Then the door closed and I was stuck in a room.

Some of the decorations

Some of the decorations

Luckily I wasn’t alone for long, because my headset started talking to me. This was just the introduction, but already I was in a room with a certain smell and a medieval vibe. As it turned out, I would go on a guided walk through the middle ages. There were several rooms that showed different medieval customs and places. They’d even made animations of places that no longer existed. I was led through the rooms by my personal digital medieval guide.

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It’s really clever. In amongst the decorations, it really felt like Disneyland, they had put screens. The screens showed pieces of a story, as if the main character was telling and showing his story. The mise en scene was excellent, with sounds, visuals and smells as they should be. Entering the bath house I smelt the perfumes and it felt like you were in a bath house.

A screen in the background that plays the story

A screen in the background that plays the story

It was a bit creepy going by myself, especially since I didn’t know what to expect. It was pretty dark everywhere and I felt like any moment someone could jump out at me. It didn’t happen though. It was merely a story, like a fairytale, taking you back to a different time. At the end there was some more information about the middle ages. It’s learning and entertainment in one. I am well impressed. If you’re ever in Bruges… you now know what to do apart from eating chocolate and drinking beer.

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