Bruges' lace centre is tucked away behind the macabre Jeruzalemkerk, an intriguing church that's well worth a visit. One ticket gets you into both, or if you have a museum card, they're both included in the package.
The museum itself, it has to be said, is not much of anything. Lace doesn't have a spectacular history that can be showcased on display boards; beyond the occasional pricked finger, this is a story quite devoid of bloodshed. It's a bit of an exaggeration to call it a story at all, since no-one even knows exactly when lace started to be made, or who thought of it first. What we do know is that by the 16th century, it was an important luxury product in European trade circles.
My point is, you shouldn't go to the lace centre to learn about the history of lace... but do go. Go to watch lace being made, by a group of local women who will impress you with the dexterity of their fingers. Check the times of the demonstrations before you plan your day, and make sure you're there at the right time to catch them. They're producing beautiful and intricate work, and often at a speed that's simply dazzling.
If you don't catch a demonstration, the museum consists mostly of some pretty sample pieces, and a couple of boards explaining the different types of basic pattern. You'll be disappointed, so double check your timings.