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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 #12 of 61 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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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Set in old almshouses with the rooms depicting different trades and occupations. Lots of exhibits and a small bar to sample beer or other refreshments. Put 20 cents in the harpsicord and wind the handle for a tune! Good outside space for when the weather is better - not in January! 4 euros entry for adults - good way to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We walked all away across town to find this little museum. It was only 3 euro for students and the man at the ticket desk pretended not to understand me, making me explain I wanted a ticket several times and then spoke good English to tell us instructions etc strange. The guide book was helpful and had some interesting facts... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The museum was set out as a series of rooms showing different aspects od Bruges history eg cobbler, milliner, bar, confectioner etc. We spent a happy hour exploring the museum and had a large cup of tea which was very welcome as we were doing a self-guided walk around the outer limits of the inner city.

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Tours, Centre, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

When I think about folklore I think of folk stories and superstitions. This isn't that at all. It's a history museum about he way people used to live and work in Bruges. I learned so much about the old Flemish way if life and how it translates into modern life in Bruges! The museum is well laid out and informative.... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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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14 helpful votes 14 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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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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119 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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