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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank Philip L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is well worth a visit. Each room has different displays and you get to see how people lived and worked back then. The booklet you get at the reception is very informative. We also got to see Aristedes the cat in the end!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I will always make a point of visiting this place, not only is it an interesting place but you get a greeting from a lovely black cat - what more could you ask for.

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Thank Ian C
Bruges, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's definitely suitable for kids and parent. This museum show how the people lived, ate, wear during the late 18th, early 19th century. Really nostalgia to see some of the object that no longer existence in modern life. The location is a bit out of the centre but worth a walking trip to visit it.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set in an old Almshouse where each room has a different theme. One room is a classroom, another a cobblers. There is even a pub with real beer to buy. Well worth a visit and it's a pleasant walk through a quieter bit of Bruge from the centre

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Burnaby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a larger museum with incredible displays of typical life in the 19th and 20th centuries. The use of manikins posing as teachers, shop person and craftsmen is really well done. Many, you might think, are real people. The rooms have great displays of what a workplace, school or shop might just have looked like. Well done. This should... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This relatively small museum centres around 19th/20th century life in Bruges - each of the approximately 20 rooms has a different focus: a period classroom, the workplaces of various occupations such as cobbler, haberdasher, tailor, milliner and baker, period kitchen etc. The guide book they give you has lots of interesting information for each room. The inner courtyard has several... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 July 22, 2016

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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