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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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I loved the cat

Not really sure why it's called the folklore museum- it was more about life in Bruge. Not my cup of tea, but not a boring way to spend an hour. The cat is lovely, she was well... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Not really sure why it's called the folklore museum- it was more about life in Bruge. Not my cup of tea, but not a boring way to spend an hour. The cat is lovely, she was well worth the €4 fee.

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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This row of pretty cottages has been converted to give a run of rooms, each showcasing life for the poorer people of Bruges. The museum has a written guide that you carry round, so you can take as long as you like. The bar serves coffee and you are invited to play the old games. The museum cat wandered around... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Deciding to venture out of the centre a bit more, we came across this treasure of a place. Really neat and interesting with a little bar at the end of the tour. Whilst the bar only had a small selection of beers, they were good ones and very cheap. We went on a Saturday afternoon and found ourselves warmly welcomed... More 

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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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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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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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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