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Folklore Museum (Museum voor Volkskunde)

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Address: Balstraat 43, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: 050/44-87-11
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Learn about the Bruges of the 17th century at this museum, which features...
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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Beautifully presented

Housed in a row of old cottages, each room shows a different trade as worked in the past, and there is a schoolroom. There is enough in English to satisfy one's curiosity if you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Holt UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Housed in a row of old cottages, each room shows a different trade as worked in the past, and there is a schoolroom. There is enough in English to satisfy one's curiosity if you don't speak Dutch. It is very well presented and informative. It does not get crowded and is placed in a quiet are of the city. Well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

For a modest entry fee, you can find out about how people lived in Brugge some time ago. There are exhibits of shops, homes and trades. There are explanatory guides in many languages. We spent nearly 2 hours here.

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Calne, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Stumbled across this gem of a place on the 90 mount Bruges walk (which with distracts took the best part of 4 hours!! Our fault not theirs - This is a magic little museum - for 3 Euros you can travel back in time to some wonderfully executed themed rooms. From the classroom to the tailer and all stops in-between.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Interesting museum with a cute little cat. Staff were attentive and happy to chat about the history. I liked the pub he he

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Free for kids but there isn't anything interactive bar a couple of old pub games that you can play. Sometimes there are sweet making demonstrations. Good for history buffs but younger kids will be a bit bored.

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Dymchurch, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

To start off this is not Folklore as we understand it more a history of life in Bruges, I think maybe the name has got confused in translation, however we really enjoyed our visit. At only €4 each this was good value, or is included in the Bruges card if you buy one. It was interesting to see different parts... More 

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

You can get in free with the city pass! Has separate rooms, like a toy room, a kitchen... For English, and some other languages, they give you a booklet to carry with you. Was a little difficult to match up the information with the objects.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

What a Wonderful Museum, a bit of a trek (15 minutes walk from the main square,but near the lace Museum & the Church of jerusalem with it's museum). Only 4 Euros or part of the Bruges card group of things to see. very well kept attraction, 20 individual rooms, shoemaker,hatter, etc, etc.Lots to see, Toilets & Drinks. Hot drinks come... More 

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Auckland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Thought this was a interesting attraction with scenes staged/set up so you can imagine certain aspects of day to day life in the past. You can wander through at your own pace and take as little or as long as you want.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Each room laid out by theme, especially the authentic one room living space. Time your visit well if you want to see sweets being made as they only do this on certain days.

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