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Folklore Museum

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Address: Balstraat 43, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 50 44 87 11
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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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Interesting Glimpse of Old Bruge

Worth a visit if you have young children interested in learning about pre war Belgium. My kids loved the games outside, a pleasant break from their iphones!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth a visit if you have young children interested in learning about pre war Belgium. My kids loved the games outside, a pleasant break from their iphones!

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

My wife spent a couple of days in Bruges (Brugge). We had purchased a multi-entry ticket, which for Euro 20 per person (regrettably no discount for seniors), turned out to be good value for money and covered a dozen museums and places of interest, including the Volkskundemuseum. It is housed in eight 17th century alms houses with a modern extension.... More 

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

It's important that local children appreciate the history of Belgium and Bruge, but the teachers should maintain discipline to avoid chaos ! A large party of pupils were visiting at the same time as my wife and I , we nearly didnt enter because of the noise of running kids dashing about. The museum itself was as expected, well laid... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

Went to the folklore museum with my husband, only 4 Euros .. Well laid out and very enjoyable.. Well worth a visit and would be good for kids. We went into the cafe for coffee and a very good beer served by a lovely lady.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

The artefacts on display are informative and well displayed. Has a working bar too! The house cat Aristide greeted us in the sunny courtyard and we found him (or his doppelganger) asleep in the tailor's display- the warmest room.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

My children and I had an hour or so spare and went to this lovely little museum to learn more about Bruges. It is set out as a series of interiors - eg a school room, pharmacist, cobbler and so on - and there is enough information in the pamphlets to tell you what you are looking at, without making... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

This is far more than a folklore museum. It is a set of small cottages where each has a room about a local trade, mostly as complete shop or workplace interiors, often whole rooms and artifacts transferred from buildings elsewhere. It has a modern addition, a garden with traditional outdoor games to try out, and the original Black Cat bar,... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Excellent value for money, this is a quaint museum in a quaint building with a pub inside! Also has a resident cat, Aristide. Really interesting insight into everyday life and some great objects. Great quarter of Bruges too - very quiet and pretty.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

We visited this largely because it Was recommended to us, we are glad that we made some time to take a look. They museum had many rooms, set up to display different crafts. Lots of very interesting objects.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

A nice step back into the history of Bruges with exhibits very close at hand. We stopped for a drink and play on the old bar skittles which was highly amusing. It was a little wet on the day we visited but usually there are games available to play on the lawn area so very family friendly.

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