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Museum of the Playing Card – Turnhout, Belgium

The Museum of the Playing Card – or Nationaal Museum van de Speelkaart as it is known in Belgium – highlights the history and cultural significance of playing cards since the 16th century.

The Museum takes a look at society, past and present, through the lens of playing cards. Visitors are treated to a series of permanent and special exhibits that capture the history and various uses of playing cards. Learn about the manufacturing of playing cards through the ages, the printing techniques used to produce cards, and the inspiration behind the images used on playing cards. Notable displays include examples of the nefarious uses of playing cards and the Church’s attempts to curb some of those uses.

Visitors should be sure to check out Bin 60 for a free playing card to take home as a souvenir.

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Plan your next vacation to include a visit to a play-related store, museum, or private collection.