Volkskunemuseum- More info
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.
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.
A confectioner regularly gives demonstrations of how sweets were made at the time, and, 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 and the museum inn.
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.