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Folklore Museum

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Address: Balstraat 43, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: 3250448711
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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These renovated 17th century, singleroom dwellings accommodate, amongst...

These renovated 17th century, singleroom dwellings accommodate, amongst other things, a classroom, a millinery, a pharmacy, a confectionery shop, a grocery shop and an authentic bedroom interior. You can also admire a beautiful lace collection on the upper floor. Every first and third Thursday of the month (except for public holidays), those with a sweet tooth can attend a demonstration given by the 'spekkenbakker' (sweetmaker). You can relax in the museum inn, 'De Zwarte Kat' (The Black Cat) or in the garden, where you can try out traditional folk games on the terrace.

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It is about 15min walk from the center, but the rout is quite straightforward. It centers around just in a few hundred years back in time, on trades that were important once but... read more

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Orange County, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is about 15min walk from the center, but the rout is quite straightforward. It centers around just in a few hundred years back in time, on trades that were important once but now almost disappeared. Such as making shoes by hand, making a wood barrel & fashioning a shoe of wood. It would have been a lot more enjoyable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is a nice small museum, with pretty exposition, and also you may play there even if you are much older then you child. It is located in the centre of Brugge in quiet area, without group of turists. We spent there about 1,5 hour and it was beautifull.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Most people visiting Bruges review the main sites - but I would suggest throwing away the guide book (keep the map though) and heading about 10 mins walk away from Markt and heading to the Folklore Museum. It is in a set of old almhouses and the museum shows life for the working class of Bruges in trades like cobblers,... More 

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Harrow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

These sorts of attractions give you a more rounded picture of how people lived, ate, dressed etc during different periods of history. This museum is all the more poignant as it is based in dwellings that were once homes to the very people whose way of living is now on display. And as it's part of the Brugge City Card... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Great folk museum to see the old guilds. Also had an old fashioned pub inside the museum called Black Cat. Had my 1st Belgium beer, De Poes (meaning pussy cat) 8% alcohol for just 3 eu. Enjoyed talking with volunteer couple who run the old bar and also meeting the black cat!

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Stratford, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Charming, and there is a surprise--a spot for afternoon tea or beer in a period piece setting. There was an older couple there who looked well-settled in, perhaps from the neighbourhood.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

For those of a certain generation, we could remember many of the things we saw that are no longer in existence but this museum is good for every age. So real because the rooms were real rooms removed from everyday locations. Marvellous

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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Interesting and full English book guide given. Different rooms showing different areas of life. However some rooms were shut when we visited.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

Decided to go here on a cold Saturday and really enjoyed looking at the old rooms e.g. school, pharmacy,ery comfortable cobblers. The museum cat (no.4) looked very comfortable in the crib. Of the 20+ rooms only a couple had steps making them difficult for people with limited mobility. The organ in the bar is loud but well worth seeing.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

Normally I really enjoy folklore museums but didn't find this interesting at all. This may have been because I was much more interested in Bruge's medieval history rather than early 20th century. The sets are well displayed, but the highlight of the visit was the cat Astride who was very friendly and playful. Been to folklore museums in quite a... More 

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