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Folklore Museum

Balstraat 43, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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A Gem.

A fascinating insight into Belgian life in the past.Homes, schools, trades and past times all... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Penny F
Watford, United Kingdom

Fantastic small Museum with an abundance of authentic artifacts pertaining to daily life in old... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Balstraat 43, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating insight into Belgian life in the past.Homes, schools, trades and past times all beautifully displayed with authentic artefacts in rooms in the old Alms houses for shoemakers and explained in information books in several languages. The Black Cat cafe/pub was well worth a...More

Thank Penny F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic small Museum with an abundance of authentic artifacts pertaining to daily life in old Bruges. What I loved was how nicely everything was laid out and also the concise, well written Guidebook for self touring (available in several languages). It was refreshing how just...More

Thank Challenger007
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is included in the 3 day museum pass. We were already planning on visiting here before getting the pass. The museum is bigger than we thought with lots of items and rooms from the past. Great information to guide you through the rooms....More

Thank Kathryn L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most towns have a museum dedicated to life in the past of the area. The Folklore Museum in Bruges is second to none. Very well laid out with good explanations in four languages. Nice, old, buildings with modern extensions which lead to the gardens. Each...More

Thank norman1366
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We visited this museum because it was included as part of our museum pass for Bruges, and we were so glad we did. It’s the most interesting, and the best value, museum locally. It’s located further away from the main tourist tracks than most of...More

Thank Ticklex
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

A really interesting museum with some fascinating exhibits and its own bar. The special exhibits are particularly worthwhile.

1  Thank Phil P
Reviewed 9 October 2017

A small museum with dioramas of the life in Bruges from days gone by. An impressive number of tools and items from cobblers, confectioners, tailors, and more. Greatly enjoyed the games outside for a bit of an interactive and entertaining break

1  Thank peteyhelminthes
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Located some distance from the historic centre, this is worth the effort if you tag it with a canal walk and the wind mills. Not open on Monday. Lots of things to see on the lives of ordinary locals. Quite entertaining.

1  Thank georginams2016
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Lovely little place stepping back in time with super exhibits, a beautiful garden to sit in with a beer and games to play too - what's not to like!

1  Thank traveltottie1954
Reviewed 10 September 2017

While not a huge place or an amazing collection, this is a nicely laid out little museum, giving you a view of life in the area through the years. And to top it off, there is a great little cafe attached to the museum that...More

1  Thank Paul B
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Thank You most helpful & kind.