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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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Hours:
Tue - Sun 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description:

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 was ok - just not "folklore" in the American sense

This was about the lives of average people in Bruges - things from how shoes are made to their toys and how apothecaries. Not 'folklore' in the sense of stories passed down... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was about the lives of average people in Bruges - things from how shoes are made to their toys and how apothecaries. Not 'folklore' in the sense of stories passed down generations or myth. But still an enjoyable experience

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I tend to prefer history museums over these more cultural museums. But I found this a very nice museum. The bulk of the museum consists of displays of old skills, such as a shoemaker's, barrel maker's, bakery, etc.. Then there is a room with a local puppet theatre, and a corridor with tavern signs and signs of other businesses that... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

A delightful museum showcasing the way of life of days gone by. There's rooms for each type of occupation. I learned lots of new things like how the culture of smoking cigarettes started in Europe. Worth the effort to get there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Very interesting look at life in Bruges over a hundred years ago. Included in 17th century rooms are shops of a milliner, a tailor, a grocer, and a candy maker. To get there was an enjoyable walk along canals with beautiful old houses.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

This museum is east of the centre on the way towards the windmills on the main ring canal. It is located in a set of alms houses, with each room covering different elements of past life in Bruges. Includes education, shoemaking, clog-making, sweets, etc. Worth listening to the pianola in the cafe.

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Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Very welcoming staff and several rooms depicting times gone by. The story about the black cat was interesting and we saw the 4th black cat in residence.

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

The Folklore Museum is a little way off the usual tourist trail in Bruges, but still easy to get to on foot. It is well laid out, with a useful printed guide (in several languages) to help the visitor understand the various exhibits. The set pieces vary from a schoolroom through a pharmacy to a cask-making workshop, plus many more.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

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 13 October 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 4 October 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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