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Folklore Museum (Museum voor Volkskunde)

Balstraat 43, Bruges 8000, Belgium
050/44-87-11
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As featured in 3 days in Bruges
Ranked #18 of 51 attractions in Bruges
Type: Specialty Museums, History 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... more » 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. « less
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Lancashire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed this little museum, based in a row of old alms houses. Lots of individual rooms showing different occupations / scenes from life in Belgium in the past. Don't miss out on the exhibition on the first floor of traditional lace and modern, amazing, creations in lace.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This museum was a little way off the beaten track, but it was worth the walk. Situated in almshouses there are different rooms showing crafts, shoe and clog making, coopers, lacemaking, a pub, typical sitting room, confectioners and much more. A lovely quiet museum with something to interest everyone.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Some interesting rooms (the school and cobblers) and some not so interesting rooms (tobacco room). Only €4 per person so worth a visit but not very interactive and only took about 45minutes to go round. There was a guide book you could borrow to tour with for more information. The kids I saw there with families did not look particularly... More

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

A wonderful journey into the past of the city. I especially enjoyed the lace section which explained why it's so prevalent in this town.

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We stopped in on the way back into town after visiting the windmills. What a lovely little find. Such a great display of days gone by and very well displayed. The buildings themselves have history as does the whole street. I feel that this is growing project and my hat goes off to all those involved. Thank you for sharing.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Although it is slightly off the beaten track, take the time to find this excellent Museum: the various rooms re-create themes from local history and give a fascinating insight into life in days gone by. Outstanding value at €4 per adult, we spent hours there exploring the displays and the guide materials were very informative.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Intriguing display of aspects of the Flemish past and an excellent display of lace as an art form. It is a pity that the café/bar - The Black cat - is no longer srving despite the recommendations it gets in a number of guides. No clear reason given when we asked.

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San Francisco, CA
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177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This museum is a walk from the historic center and a bit isolated but we wanted to include it in our visit. The museum itself is well put together though modest and offers a window back in time. We really appreciated the attention put into each room. However we had a couple of concerns. More information could be offered in... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This is outside the city centre but well worth a visit and very well curated. You start of with a school room , desks inkwells and slates and progress from room to room. The kitchen is particularly interstjng, look for how they heat their irons. An area about lace making . The shoemakers ahop I particularly liked. The sheet is... More

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Ilminster
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This museum is a little difficult to find but it is well worth the effort. The museum is a series of rooms with each having its own theme. The rooms were formerly ordinary folks cottages and have been well restored and used to form the Museum.

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