Bruges Fries Museum, photo and description

Bruges Fries Museum, photo and description

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I, let’s be honest, was afraid to go to the potato museum. I was afraid that this is a formal tourist place where you have to give money for admission, walk through three rooms and go out in perplexity. But it’s a real museum! Interesting, fun, inspiring. And there’s also a cafe with incredibly delicious fries on the way out. Definitely the most delicious I’ve ever tasted.

The museum is a little hard to find. Not because of its bad location, but because you don’t expect to see the potato museum in a building like this.)

It’s like this. It’s a 1399 Goa building. Vlamingstraat 33, open daily from 10 to 17.

A lot of pictures of potatoes, it looks at the visitor from everywhere.

After the potatoes began to be consumed, two huge problems left human life: famine and epidemics caused by bad, diseased wheat (see ergotism).

Part of the exposition is dedicated to Parmantier. He is an amazing man who changed the world for the better on a fantastic scale. Even now his contributions and vividness of action would be amazing. And that was two centuries ago. During the war he was taken prisoner and forced to eat potatoes (back then the root vegetable was considered suitable only for cattle feed. It was considered dangerous for humans). He returned to France with a sack of potatoes and with the conviction that potatoes were edible and could be of use to people and the state. He was a brilliant, as we would say now, marketer. He presented bouquets of blooming potatoes to the king, made potato dinners with celebrities, invented recipes, ate potato dishes in public and did not die :) And the pinnacle – he asked for a plot of land in the center of Paris, planted potatoes there, and posted guards. At night, the guards were removed and the Parisians, enchanted by the magic of the “special”, bravely plundered the potatoes and tasted them.

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And Parmantier succeeded. The potato was deemed edible. The potato changed the world.

“You can eat all the potatoes you want!” – they say in the museum.

And the answer to the important question is why french fries are called “French fries” even though they are Belgian. The story is that the name came from America. American soldiers tasted fries from the hands of French-speaking Belgians and decided they were French :)

Slicing tool:

It was the life of entire families:

A workspace with tools for making fries:

And why it tasted so good (in short, the right varieties and cooking in two phases):

Lots of sauces (the cafe at the museum serves potatoes with a dozen sauces).

And – numbers to the rescue – it’s not greasy :) Very optimistic museum.

On the bottom floor is a cafe that makes amazing potatoes.

Fries are everywhere in Belgium. Standard kiosks are accompanied by small snacks – sausages, nuggets and the like.

After ordering, you get a device that beeps when your fries are ready.

Very, very tasty fries! Tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, moderately salty.

And a store near the exit with potato products of all kinds.

That’s what I miss – the bougue balm with the scent of french fries. (All the young men would be mine, how could I pass by :) )

Fries Museum (Bruges, Belgium)

I had no idea there were fries museums in the world. And I was surprised to find one, not in New York or Los Angeles, but in Belgium, in a relatively small town, Bruges. I was told that there is no other museum of this kind anywhere in the world (of this particular format), so naturally I decided to visit it.

Where to find the Bruges Fries Museum

The address of the museum is Bruges, Vlamingstraat 33. It is not difficult to find it. The museum is in the center, not far from the Central Market (yes, there are some in Belgium). One can walk, take a cab or public transport. The last one, by the way, walks from the train station quite often, about once every 10 minutes, the route is called – The Brugge Center (Brugge Centrum). Get out at the stop Central Market, you will need to walk about 250-30 meters – and here he is, the long-awaited French fries museum.

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The museum, like many museums in Bruges, is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. The cost of admission is graded according to the age of the visitor:

  • Adults will pay 7 euros.
  • Children under 11 years old – 5 euros.
  • Students and privileges – 6 euros.
  • Children under the age of 6 years pass free of charge.

Fries Museum Exhibit

It seems to me that in Bruges there are simply no ugly or not old buildings. That’s why the French fries museum is housed in a historic mansion of incredible beauty.

The museum has three floors. I was surprised because before visiting this museum I had a pretty standard opinion, like most people do: what can you say about French fries? Fast food and that’s it. And it turns out that it’s not that simple.

Here is a story about the history of the potato itself, its discovery by the Indians in North America, the beginning of the cultivation of the plant.

In general, I was very impressed by the different devices from ancient times to the present day, with which the potatoes were harvested and cared for. And there are also special devices of various configurations with which potatoes were sliced, roasted and sorted. I never would have thought it would have taken so much trouble to make French fries in the 18th century.

There are so many incredibly interesting exhibits here, and they’re all about potatoes in raw or cooked form. There are stamps, postcards, clippings from various newspapers, and paintings, the most famous of which is Van Gogh’s The Potato Eaters.

A very fascinating story of how the potato was discovered. and how the fries themselves were invented. Here it becomes apparent that this dish is, after all, a credit to the Belgians, not the French, as I had previously thought.

There is also a large exhibit devoted to how potatoes were brought to Europe and how they were used.

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Here I learned all sorts of recipes for French fries, as well as great sauces to go with them. I wish I could have used them, because I’m not much of a cook, let me tell you.

But it was interesting to listen to.

Did you know that in the beginning, French fries were fried in beef fat? And they turned out perfect.

And I also watched a unique video about the process of making fries here. In fact, at first glance, everything is simple, but not everyone is able to make them perfect.

Here in the basement there’s a cafe where you can try those delicate and crispy Belgian fries – the famous Belgian ones. By the way, they are traditionally served in waxed paper bags with a variety of sauces. Other dishes are also available here.

Pros of this place:

  • The museum is centrally located, convenient to get to.
  • Interesting exposition.
  • A huge number of unique exhibits.
  • There is a cafe.

Cons of the place:

  • It is better to look around the museum full, as the aromas and sights of some of the exhibits stimulate an incredible appetite.
  • The tour and the inscriptions to the exhibits are not provided in Russian, you need to know at least some European language, at least at a minimum level, or to perceive everything on the level of intuition.

Tips:

  • In the cafe at the museum is better to go after viewing the exhibit, because you will know exactly what should be the ideal French fries.
  • It takes about an hour and a half to look around, so it is better to go to the museum when you have enough time.
  • Children are interested only at the beginning, then, after 20 minutes, they begin to get bored and languish.

The museum I liked it incredibly, I looked at the French fries from a completely different angle. And by the way, what I ate before, in my city, was anything but French fries: fries with a crust, something else. But the divine fries served to me here can hardly be compared to anything else.

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