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Folklore Museum

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Address: Balstraat 43, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: 3250448711
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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These renovated 17th century, singleroom dwellings accommodate, amongst...

These renovated 17th century, singleroom dwellings accommodate, amongst other things, a classroom, a millinery, a pharmacy, a confectionery shop, a grocery shop and an authentic bedroom interior. You can also admire a beautiful lace collection on the upper floor. Every first and third Thursday of the month (except for public holidays), those with a sweet tooth can attend a demonstration given by the 'spekkenbakker' (sweetmaker). You can relax in the museum inn, 'De Zwarte Kat' (The Black Cat) or in the garden, where you can try out traditional folk games on the terrace.

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A fascinating little museum, a little difficult to find but definitely worth the bother. The exhibits, showing everyday life from earlier times, are laid out by theme in a series... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Cybeeria
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Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fascinating little museum, a little difficult to find but definitely worth the bother. The exhibits, showing everyday life from earlier times, are laid out by theme in a series of small rooms. Laminated booklets in several languages describe the objects and rooms in a very informative manner. There's a very realistic period cafe/pub, with drinks at very reasonable prices.... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia, USA
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85 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is laid out as a series of rooms, each of which shows a kind of shop from Belgium in the Nineteenth Century: shoemaker, cooper, toymaker, dentist, and so on. The shoemaker shop had a diagram that showed which parts of a cow's hide were used for shoes. The candy shop had a video that showed hard candy being made,... More 

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London
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

Lovely little museum which goes through the social history of the city and Belgian life. Enjoyed the way it was set out (though navigation to the second half is not obvious) and the resident cat! All the staff were helpful and polite. I particularly loved the fact it was set in historic almshouses, which was fitting to the theme of... More 

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Brasschaat, Belgium
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51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

This is a small museum located near the centre of Bruges It goes over the history of the past 100 year on how the people lived, worked and shoped from the end of the 19th century Well worth a visit while in town

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

What a delight! Both externally and internally this is a most attractive and interesting little museum; beautifully set out displays. We were almost the only visitors midday, mid-week. Allow a couple of hours including a visit to Aristide the black cat and a beer in the historic bar room.

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shipley derbyshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

We loved escaping here from the bustle for a couple of hours .Good displays and a very reasonable entry fee.Located in an interesting area with the Jerusalem Church nearby.Information booklet in English and a bar with good beer .

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

We had a drizzly day in Brugge so bought a museum pass which enabled us to get into many museums and galleries for 20 Euros for 3 days. As a result we made a special effort to go to the Folklore Museum. We walked and it did take about 20 minutes, but we noticed the tourist bus stopped if you... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

Nice to do on a rainy or freezing day. Well thought out rooms. Always nice to look into the past to see how things were done.

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Thank Luke A
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171 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Great little museum on Balstraat (the lace museum is also nearby if that is of interest, although frankly it is not as good). Many different displays of different aspects of life in Bruges through the ages and some common occupations. De Schwarte Kat bar is worth a stop whilst you are visiting.

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Steyning, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

This museum is a little way out but definitely worth it. It is full of small rooms showing different aspects of life in historic Bruges. We particularly enjoyed the schoolroom, the sweet room and the cobblers. The brochure was very informative and the exhibitions give a wealth of information. one of the best museums we visited.

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