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“Aristide the Chat Noir”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Folklore Museum

Folklore Museum
Ranked #25 of 152 things to do in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reading, PA
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1,334 reviews
681 attraction reviews
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“Aristide the Chat Noir”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit to this folklore museum - especially after we tracked down the resident Chat Noir (black cat) Aristide.

The museum is housed in a series of 8 former 17th century almshouses and each one has a specific theme from "yesteryear", such as barrel maker, shoemaker, school room, pharmacy, kitchen, milliner - all interesting. This museum is located in an area outside of the normal tourist area and it made for a relaxed, enjoyable visit.

Visited April 2014
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Kingston-upon-hull, United Kingdom
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“Really interesting if you'd like to learn more about the daily life of Bruges”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

Lovely little museum - exhibits of different aspects of daily life in olden Bruges - an old school, a shoemaker, a cooper - well re-created, or old shops that were donated to the museum, like the confectioners and the pharmacy. Interesting to learn more about ordinary life in an iconic city that now depends on tourism. It's in the older, and historically, poorer part of Bruges and the museum helps give a context and experience to life for ordinary people. The surrounding streets are certainly worth a wander to picture more of life in Bruges over the years. The internal courtyard is very peaceful and has outside games (boules) to enjoy. There is also a recreated 1950s pub that serves refreshments.

Visited April 2014
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Something to do, but not the best Bruges has to offer.”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

The museum doesn't tell you a huge amount about Bruges, rather just some generic history (e.g. what a schoolroom looked like when children used chalk-boards, etc) and I wouldn't describe it as a folklore museum! Not worth the trip.

Visited April 2014
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Paris, France
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“Step back into time.”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

Small and informative museum with beautiful courtyard and pub.
Stroll from room to room and discover the old crafts and how people lived.
Then go sit in the pub or take your drink with you in the garden.

Visited March 2014
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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“Nice way to spend an hour or so”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

We enjoyed walking up to this quaint little museum and spending an hour wandering round. The English guide book was very helpful. Good fun if you have the time for a visit.

Visited March 2014
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