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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
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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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Pure nostalgia

Interesting well set-out displays of life in yesteryear - lace making particularly interesting with up-to-date modern displays too.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 September 2014
Margaret W
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Littlehampton
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Littlehampton
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2014

Interesting well set-out displays of life in yesteryear - lace making particularly interesting with up-to-date modern displays too.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2014

Really interesting visit to this hidden gem. Off the beaten track but really worth it. Look out for the museum black cat!

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2014

We loved seeing all the crafts from the beginning. Especially the making of shoes, the old fashioned toys and the lace how young children and families all made the lace. The tailors shop and the dairy were very well done.

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Lancashire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

We really enjoyed this little museum, based in a row of old alms houses. Lots of individual rooms showing different occupations / scenes from life in Belgium in the past. Don't miss out on the exhibition on the first floor of traditional lace and modern, amazing, creations in lace.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

This museum was a little way off the beaten track, but it was worth the walk. Situated in almshouses there are different rooms showing crafts, shoe and clog making, coopers, lacemaking, a pub, typical sitting room, confectioners and much more. A lovely quiet museum with something to interest everyone.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

Some interesting rooms (the school and cobblers) and some not so interesting rooms (tobacco room). Only €4 per person so worth a visit but not very interactive and only took about 45minutes to go round. There was a guide book you could borrow to tour with for more information. The kids I saw there with families did not look particularly... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

A wonderful journey into the past of the city. I especially enjoyed the lace section which explained why it's so prevalent in this town.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

We stopped in on the way back into town after visiting the windmills. What a lovely little find. Such a great display of days gone by and very well displayed. The buildings themselves have history as does the whole street. I feel that this is growing project and my hat goes off to all those involved. Thank you for sharing.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

Although it is slightly off the beaten track, take the time to find this excellent Museum: the various rooms re-create themes from local history and give a fascinating insight into life in days gone by. Outstanding value at €4 per adult, we spent hours there exploring the displays and the guide materials were very informative.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

Intriguing display of aspects of the Flemish past and an excellent display of lace as an art form. It is a pity that the café/bar - The Black cat - is no longer srving despite the recommendations it gets in a number of guides. No clear reason given when we asked.

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