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“A must see” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bokrijk

Bokrijk
Bokrijklaan 1, Genk 3600 , Belgium
011 265 300
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Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Genk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Bokrijk is the biggest open air museum in Belgium, located in a beautiful and natural environment. The place for a nice day out with lots of activities for individuals, families, schools and groups.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access
Dendermonde, Belgium
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“A must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Bokrijk is a historic open air museum composed of a selec tion off old houses, churches and bars from the past centuries. It shows claerly and realisticly how people used to live and work in these dark ages.

Visited October 2012
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Luyksgestel, The Netherlands
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“A window into the past of Flanders”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

We first discovered open-air museums more than 40 years ago in Arnhem. Since then we have visited many others 3 come to mind: Belgium, Norway & Malaysia. My absolute favourite is Bokrijk accessible from the Leuven - Aachen motorway just north of Hasselt. I have been there at least 5 times over the years. Many historic buildings have been moved " brick by brick" to this beautiful site. There are many old farmhouses, wind/watermills even a whole section of old town housing from Antwerp. There are many buildings that are manned by craftspeople demonstrating old traditional trades. As befits Belgium ( and Flanders in particular) there are many options to sample the great beers for which the region is justly famous. Not to be missed.

Visited June 2012
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Genk, Belgium
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“A genuine step back in history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

I have visited this museum at least a dozen times throughout the years, since it's really close to where I live. Even if you're not interested in history, this is a really nice place to just take a walk. The open air musem has dozens of buildings, some dating back several centuries, all with a lot of info for those that want to know more. Some of these you can enter, to see how both the lower and upper class used to live during the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Actors show you longforgotten professions (like basket-weaving) and you can ask them questions if you want to. Some of the best sight include an early 20th century mansion, a mill and a pillory . You can easily spend an entire day here and even the youngest children won't get bored. There is a place where you can rent stilts, oldfashioned bikes and play games that are over a century old.
Only downside is that you are of course dependent of the weather. I wouldn't recommend this musem when it's raining. But otherwise, you should definitely put this museum on your list if you're planning to visit Belgium.

Pro tip 1: Ignore the tourist shops and buy some candy from the oldfashioned candy store near the mill. It's has some of the best candy I've ever tasted and some of it I've never seen anywhere else.
Pro tip 2: Close to the musem is one of the largest free playgrounds in Europe. It can get busy sometimes, but it's great for the kids.

Visited August 2012
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Belgium
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“Great day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Bokrijk has something on offer for everyone! In addition to an open-air museum (April-Oct.) there are gardens and a playground (free) which is open all year round and caters for both little ones and older children. There are also several restaurants to choose from, great way to spend a day.

Visited May 2012
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Kingston, Canada
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“Well Worth a Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

This is a little-known (for ex-pats, anyway) but very nice outdoor museum in eastern Flanders, not far from Genk. About 1.5 hours via car from Brussels on the E314. There are plenty of activities of various natures here, but I can only comment on the outdoor museum, which is expansive. If you can, pick your day carefully. Holidays may not be best (although they're open) due to crowds. Good weather (but not too hot and sunny) is nice if can arrange it. You spend a lot of time and many kilometers walking outdoors, so if it is very sunny a hat and proper shoes are highly recommended. The four different 'villages' all relate to a particular period in Flemish history and are staffed with local people (who speak many languages) in period dress. The building were nearly all taken apart from different places in Flanders, moved to the site and rebuilt stone by stone, or moved completely as-is. They are authentic. If 7th-19th century Flemish architecture and culture interests you, you will love this. Even if that's not high on your list, the displays are very charming and the venue pleasant. We had some lunch in one of the outdoor café/restaurants, and it was fine. Entrance was not expensive and all-in-all it was a great day trip. You will need about five hours to see it all.

Visited June 2012
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