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Folklore Museum

Balstraat 43, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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Great history

This was a great cheap museum. For the history buffs this is a definite place to visit. Some of the... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2013
Jason P
Canberra, Australia
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Interesting museum but terrible old man on reception

This is a very interesting museum but don't expect a warm welcome or any help from the old man on... read more

Reviewed 16 December 2013
Geoff E
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Balstraat 43, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

This was a great cheap museum. For the history buffs this is a definite place to visit. Some of the exhibits that were in the guide were not actually in the museum, however overall a really enjoyable way to spend an hour on a cold...More

Thank Jason P
Reviewed 16 December 2013

This is a very interesting museum but don't expect a warm welcome or any help from the old man on the reception desk. He could barely say hello. We saw half of the museum which was very interesting then handed our guides back in at...More

1  Thank Geoff E
Reviewed 4 November 2013

See how the folks of Bruges lived, learned, worked and enjoyed life in earlier times. Situated in 8 small old houses, an old cafe and a new wing the museum presents a school from the 19th century, different trades (shoemaker, ironsmith, lace maker, a pharmacy...More

Thank Andy G
Reviewed 26 October 2013

After visiting other galleries and museums in Bruges, we found this one different and very appealing. The short walk from the Markt is well worth it to see a representation of the life of ordinary folks in the city. Each room features a different trade...More

Thank dccv1
Reviewed 25 October 2013

This museum is a bit outside of the busy center of Brugge. It's mostly quiet and not commercial at all, different rooms exhibiting different crafts. Very enjoyable and at the end you can have a drink at the museums cafe, the black cat. At pre...More

Thank Bint-batota
Reviewed 20 October 2013

We visited this Museum and walked through its various rooms and displays of everyday life in Belgium. It would be a good place to bring elementary school children, as well, as it is edifying well laid out.

2  Thank the2vus
Reviewed 6 October 2013

A series of 'tableaux' depicting aspects of Bruges life past, such as a schoolroom, a tailor's workshop and a milliner's. Lots of old artefacts and information (there is a museum guide in English) but all 'hands off'. There was a fascinating exhibition of lace upstairs...More

Thank davem28760
Reviewed 4 October 2013

It's a bit out of the way but this museum is worth taking time to visit. They have put some thought into each room and the visitors guide is excellent. They had changed so few of the rooms from those in the guide but they...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 18 September 2013

THis is a wee bit off the beaten track which was fine. Wanted to check ordinary life in Bruges through the ages - but this was more to do with recent history, and while interesting, wasn't all that different from what you would see in...More

Thank estherohara
Reviewed 15 September 2013

A series of rooms with well-mounted recreations or a variety of shops/services in Bruges over the centuries. Displays were good, and there was an English guide book to follow, but any signage/explanations about the exhibits within the rooms were only in Flemish. Highllight was advertised...More

Thank David A
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