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Volkskundemuseum (Museum of Folk Life)

These renovated 17th century, single room dwellings accommodate, amongst other things, a classroom, a millinery, a pharmacy, a confectionery shop, a grocery shop and an authentic bedroom interior. The upper floor is used for temporary exhibitions. 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.

The Volkskundemuseum is housed in eight 17th century almshouses, with a modern extension. Here you can see a classroom, cobblers, milliners, and cooper’s workshops, a tailor’s, a pharmacy, a patisserie, an inn, a Flemish living room, and traditional textiles. Each room contains a wealth of antique objects and authentic decors. Next to the museum’s tavern ‘De Zwarte Kat’ (The Black Cat), puppets, items of decor, props, posters, programmes and photographs are all used to tell the story of the time-honoured Bruges puppet show ‘Den Uyl’. With some luck you will meet Aristide, the living black cat and mascot of the museum.

Collection

The collection consists of objects that were part of daily life in the 19th and early 20th centuries. For example, the museum owns a large selection of tobacco products, with artistically carved pipe bowls and earthenware tobacco pots that form part of our past.

Museum

Travel back in time and find out what life was like for the ordinary citizen of Bruges 100 years ago. All kinds of objects in authentic scenes illustrate the trades, religious traditions, and folk customs at the end of the 19th/start of the 20th centuries. Weather permitting, old folk games are revived on the terrace. In the winter there is time for more nostalgia and an authentic (Christmas) atmosphere. A visit to the museum is always enjoyable, especially the indoor garden.

History

When the West-Flemish Folklore Association and Bruges-born Guillaume Michiels donated their enormous collections to the City, the idea of a Folklore Museum was born. Eight 17th century almshouses of the former 'schoenmakersrente' (shoemaker’s guild) on Balstraat, an inn, and a number of houses on Rolweg provided the perfect setting.

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Time information

from 01-01-2017 to 31-12-2017
Monday closed
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00
Sunday 09:30 - 17:00
additional opening dates
  • 25 May 2017 ( 09:30 - 13:00 )
  • 17 April 2017 ( 09:30 - 17:00 )
  • 5 June 2017 ( 09:30 - 17:00 )
additional closing dates
  • 1 January 2017
  • 25 December 2017
  • 1 January 2018
Last admission: 4.30 p.m.

Groups

from 01-01-2017 to 31-12-2017
Monday closed
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00
Sunday 09:30 - 17:00
Last admission: 4.30 p.m.

Schools

from 01-01-2017 to 31-12-2017
Monday closed
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00
Sunday 09:30 - 17:00
Last admission: 4.30 p.m.

Price information

Individuelen

Adults € 4,00
Combination ticket Museum of Folk Life/Lace Centre: € 6.00

Locatie

Balstraat 43 , Brugge
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Location

Accessibility
  • Establishment partly accessible Establishment partly accessible
Facilities
  • Bar Bar
  • Wifi (draadloos internet) Wifi (draadloos internet)
  • Garden Garden
  • Accessible for prams Accessible for prams

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