On Thursday, 26 May (Ascension Day) our museums will be closed in the afternoon.


Flint tool



This prehistoric knife attests the earliest presence of human beings in the region of Bruges. It gives us a flashback to the old stone age, the culture of the Neanderthals, commonly thought to be between 35,000 and 70,000 years before Christ. At that time, people moved to new areas and made new tools to help them hunt more selectively.

It is noticeable that the tool was refined later: One of the tips has been converted and used to ‘scrape’ skin clean. Moreover, microscopic examination leads us to suppose that the tool was assembled with leather straps in a bone or horn handle.