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“Very interesting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Folklore Museum (Museum voor Volkskunde)

Folklore Museum (Museum voor Volkskunde)
Balstraat 43, Bruges 8000, Belgium
050/44-87-11
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Ranked #36 of 122 things to do in Bruges
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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.
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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“Very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

See how the folks of Bruges lived, learned, worked and enjoyed life in earlier times. Situated in 8 small old houses, an old cafe and a new wing the museum presents a school from the 19th century, different trades (shoemaker, ironsmith, lace maker, a pharmacy from 1930s, tailors' shop etc.).

Visited October 2013
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“A Different Attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

After visiting other galleries and museums in Bruges, we found this one different and very appealing. The short walk from the Markt is well worth it to see a representation of the life of ordinary folks in the city. Each room features a different trade or craft shop. Although explanations are not detailed there is a wealth of interesting detail if you take the time to look. We felt the lace section on the second floor should have been more closely linked to the Lace Museum.

Visited October 2013
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“Hidden away”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

This museum is a bit outside of the busy center of Brugge. It's mostly quiet and not commercial at all, different rooms exhibiting different crafts. Very enjoyable and at the end you can have a drink at the museums cafe, the black cat. At pre historic prices! We paid just 3.50 € for 3 drinks!
And the staff were very hospitable . Lovely and relaxing time.

Visited October 2013
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“Great visit for school age children, too”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We visited this Museum and walked through its various rooms and displays of everyday life in Belgium. It would be a good place to bring elementary school children, as well, as it is edifying well laid out.

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“Educational but a little 'dry'”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

A series of 'tableaux' depicting aspects of Bruges life past, such as a schoolroom, a tailor's workshop and a milliner's. Lots of old artefacts and information (there is a museum guide in English) but all 'hands off'. There was a fascinating exhibition of lace upstairs in the quirky 'extension' to the building and an unexpected - i.e. it filled several rooms that were designated for other things according to the guide - exhibition about the history of the Bruges football derby. Worth a visit - it is near the lace museum and the windmills.

Visited September 2013
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