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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 52 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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Belo Horizonte, MG
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW 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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13 helpful votes 13 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Really interesting visit to this hidden gem. Off the beaten track but really worth it. Look out for the museum black cat!

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We loved seeing all the crafts from the beginning. Especially the making of shoes, the old fashioned toys and the lace how young children and families all made the lace. The tailors shop and the dairy were very well done.

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Lancashire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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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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16 helpful votes 16 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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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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