Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Ter-Potterie (Our Lady of the Pottery)

This hospital dates back to the 13th century, when nuns took on the care of pilgrims, travellers and the sick. In the 15th century, it evolved towards a more modern type of home for the elderly. The hospital wards with their valuable collection of works of art, monastic and religious relics and a range of objects used in nursing have been converted into a museum. The Gothic church with its baroque interior can also be visited.


The museum collection includes a large number of triptychs. The highlight, however, is the silver cabinet with reliquaries, candlesticks, and holy water fonts. This liturgical silver is still used during services in the church. Also noteworthy are the little mid 16th century ‘cantoortje’ or secretary with device featuring the initials of Charles V, a 15th century Spanish Moorish ceramic plate, and a duck-billed glass from the 17th century.


The current museum is housed in the old infirmary and displays the eclectic collection accumulated by nuns down the centuries. The oldest pieces date back to the 14th century. Many miracles have been attributed to the white limestone statue of Our Lady of the Potterie in the baroque church. These are detailed in stained-glass windows, wall tapestries, and a miracle book. The 13th century statue is one of Bruges’ oldest preserved statues.


As of 1276, the Augustinian nuns at Our Lady of the Potterie focussed mainly on the care of the elderly. As was customary in the Middle Ages, the hospital’s small infirmary has an adjoining church. In the 15th century a convent was also built at the site. The building was first used as a museum in 1934.

This historical hospital complex (13th – 17th century), along with its baroque church, surprises with beautiful paintings, sculptures, furniture, tapestries, stained-glass windows, and an exclusive silver collection.

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Time information

from 1 January 2014

Monday closed
Tuesday 09:30 am - 12:30 pm / 13:30 pm - 17:00 pm
Wednesday 09:30 am - 12:30 pm / 13:30 pm - 17:00 pm
Thursday 09:30 am - 12:30 pm / 13:30 pm - 17:00 pm
Friday 09:30 am - 12:30 pm / 13:30 pm - 17:00 pm
Saturday 09:30 am - 12:30 pm / 13:30 pm - 17:00 pm
Sunday 09:30 am - 12:30 pm / 13:30 pm - 17:00 pm

Last tickets: 12.00 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. / open on Easter Monday and Whit Monday

additional closing dates
  • 25 December 2016
  • 1 January 2017

Price information


Adults € 4,00
children under 12 years € 0,00
youngsters under 26 years € 3,00
seniors 65+ € 3,00


Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Ter-Potterie, Potterierei 79 B, 8000 Brugge
nearest bus stop J. & M. Sabbestraat, Langerei thv 47
nearest trainstation Brugge
Reference on the city map G3


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