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Folklore Museum (Museum voor Volkskunde)

Address: Balstraat 43, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: 050/44-87-11
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Ranked #15 of 56 Attractions in Bruges
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Learn about the Bruges of the 17th century at this museum, which features almshouses, a cobbler’s...
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Learn about the Bruges of the 17th century at this museum, which features almshouses, a cobbler’s, barrel and hat maker’s workshop—and other depictions of life long ago. On Thursday afternoons, the museum serves up fresh sweets made using traditional recipes and techniques.

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Southport, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We love this museum because of its atmosphere and the engaging exhibits. It consists of a row of workshops containing tools of various trades and if you are lucky you can befriend the black cat

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Rockledge, Florida
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The Folklore Museum was educational and fun. We tend to travel alone and it was just me and my husband who visited on a drizzly day and had the place to ourselves. The museum is a little out of the way but we thought it was well worth it. There are scenes from every walk of life in old time... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This is a small museum with some interesting information on Flemish life. Each room covers a different topic, like confectionary, tailoring, etc. It was not the most engaging museum, nor did it offer a lot of information for each topic, but it was an ok way to spend half an hour, especially if it's raining.

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Victoria
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

For only €4 why not take in a bit of history. Nothing spectacular but the displays give a good idea of how things were done in the olden days. There is even a candy making display. Make sure you so in the traditional "pub", selling local beers, coffee and other refreshments, for a drink. Put 20 cents in the piano... More 

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Brentwood, TN
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This was a nice museum at a 4 Euro price. You can see 19 exhibits / rooms that explore various aspects of 19th century life. There are lots of items and explanations for classrooms, leather shoes, wooden clogs, hat making, barrel making, pipes and smoking tobacco, toys, lace making, confectioners, marionettes, and more. It is a comfortable and well done... More 

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Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Go Thursday, the confectioner makes great sweets and is a fun fella and very skilfull, speaks 5 languages and is so welcoming and you get a free sweet or two. Look out for artiste the black cat

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

This museum is worth the walk from the city center. It shows various aspects of the life in Bruges and Belgium in the past, plus it has a very nice yard were you can rest a little, after walking around the exposition.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A quiet out of the way place, in beautifully restored almhouses. It does not cover every aspect of life in the past, but there are some interesting rooms and exhibits. What made it for us was a demonstration in a reconstruction of a sweetmaker's shop. When the owner retired, he left his shop dating from the 1930s to the museum,... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This was probably our favourite museum in Bruges, full of lots of interesting and quirky exhibits. We especially liked the reconstructions of various tradesmen's workshops: we learned a lot about how people made shoes, clogs, barrels etc. It's very tempting to give a fifth star for the adorable cat, Aristide, who lives here and seemed to lead us around the... More 

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Littlehampton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Interesting well set-out displays of life in yesteryear - lace making particularly interesting with up-to-date modern displays too.

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