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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 #17 of 48 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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San Francisco, CA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This is really good value and a great place to visit. Each room has a different aspect of Belgium life. Great value and the walk to and from the centre means that you see different parts of Bruge

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Scunthorpe
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

My wife and I have been to Brugge many times, but have never visited this museum until this trip. It was a day to get away from the crowds as this museum is in the north-east of the city away from the touristic centre. An educational place housed in what were alms houses featuring about 20 diferent aspects and trades... More

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Reading, PA
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294 attraction reviews
2,826 helpful votes 2,826 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit to this folklore museum - especially after we tracked down the resident Chat Noir (black cat) Aristide. The museum is housed in a series of 8 former 17th century almshouses and each one has a specific theme from "yesteryear", such as barrel maker, shoemaker, school room, pharmacy, kitchen, milliner - all interesting. This museum is... More

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Kingston-upon-hull, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Lovely little museum - exhibits of different aspects of daily life in olden Bruges - an old school, a shoemaker, a cooper - well re-created, or old shops that were donated to the museum, like the confectioners and the pharmacy. Interesting to learn more about ordinary life in an iconic city that now depends on tourism. It's in the older,... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The museum doesn't tell you a huge amount about Bruges, rather just some generic history (e.g. what a schoolroom looked like when children used chalk-boards, etc) and I wouldn't describe it as a folklore museum! Not worth the trip.

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Gokarna, India
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83 reviews 83 reviews
23 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Small and informative museum with beautiful courtyard and pub. Stroll from room to room and discover the old crafts and how people lived. Then go sit in the pub or take your drink with you in the garden.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We enjoyed walking up to this quaint little museum and spending an hour wandering round. The English guide book was very helpful. Good fun if you have the time for a visit.

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