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National Playing Card Museum

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Definitely worth a visit

Fabulous piece of history on display with excellent staff & information available (enjoyed meeting... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2018
O' M
Dublin, Ireland
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Very Interesting

A playing card museum? First you think that you would see a collection of playing cards but it's... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2017
Solodam J
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Druivenstraat 18, Turnhout 2300, Belgium
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Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

Fabulous piece of history on display with excellent staff & information available (enjoyed meeting Bumper too) 😊 if visiting Turnhout a must see.

Thank O' M
Reviewed 21 July 2017

A playing card museum? First you think that you would see a collection of playing cards but it's more to the detail. You begin with watching a short film about printing technique. Well, then you walk through printing presses, then you will get a demonstration...More

Thank Solodam J
Reviewed 4 May 2017

This is one of the highlights of Turnhout City. If you can book a guide (also English or French speaking if you make the reservation well in advance), the visit will be wonderful. The guides @ the Playing Card Museum are fantastic, with great knowledge...More

Thank 26Martine
Reviewed 3 March 2017

A small museum dedicated to playing cards; it is something different. Mostly about printing machines and a little bit around the history of playing cards. There's also a large steam engine which my son was allowed to set in motion and an interactive section. Very...More

Thank SuperH0liday
Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is a very nice museum to visit. If you have the right guide you will have an extraordanary tour. Lots of special things will be clarified and explained. If you stay in Turnhout, just a thing to do.

Thank Peter D
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

It's called the National Playing Card museum but there are no playing cards on display. What you see is an interesting collection of printing machines dating back to the industrial revolution. Staff were very helpful and helped me to select an English language version of...More

Thank Anthony K
Reviewed 29 July 2016

We visited the National Playing Card Museum on Jul 23th. We parked our car on a parking lot (6€ for a day) in front of the National Playing Card Museum (Parking Muylenberg, Beekstraat). You can buy a combi ticket for the Béguinage Museum, the National...More

Thank AmarilisVos
Reviewed 28 February 2016

Turnhout was the center of a booming playing card industry. Its history is told in this museum. The ground floor is filled with presses for pressing the cards. Lithography is explained. A large working steam engine completes the ground floor. A movie gives a nice...More

Reviewed 11 September 2015 via mobile

Very well presented, if you speak and read Dutch. Otherwise, there are leaflets available in other languages, but they offer too much detail. The video was good and the staff was very informative. He even turned on the steam engine for me. (I was the...More

Thank cls112
Reviewed 28 August 2015

During summer every Thursday former employees demonstrate how the machines were operated and explain the printing process. Still radiating their love for the trade and showing their craftmanship takes you back in time and into the future.

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