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The 8 best museums in Ghent

Are you going on a city trip to the vibrant and historic Flemish city of Ghent? Then a visit to a museum in Ghent is a must. Dive into Ghent's past at the Stadsmuseum or visit the GUM science museum. We have listed the best museums in Ghent for you.

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1. Musuem of Daily Life

Curious about what daily life was like in the 20th century? Then visit the Museum of Daily Life (het Huis van Alijn in Flemish) in Ghent, a museum where the traditions and rituals of the 20th-century citizen of Ghent come alive again. View everyday objects, photos and nostalgic videos and experience how daily life has changed over the past decades. Tip: the Huis van Alijn is also fun to visit with children.
Address: Kraanlei 65

2. Museum of Industry Ghent

Ghent has a rich textile past and this history is reflected in the Museum of Industry. Located in the former cotton factory, this museum overlooks the historic city centre and the 19th-century industrial belt. Discover the stories of old townspeople, traders and entrepreneurs from Ghent's industrial past at the Museum of Industry.
Address: Minnemeers 10

3. STAM - City museum Ghent

Are in Ghent for culture? Then a visit to the STAM, Chent's city museum, should not be forgotten. This is where the history of the historic city of Ghent comes to life. Walk past 15 unique objects from the past, present and future and discover 'The story of Ghent' in short space of time. Do you have time to spare? Then also visit the cultural buildings surrounding the City Museum, called the Bijloke site of Ghent.
Address: Godshuizenlaan 2

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4. Museum Dr. Guislain

What is 'normal' and 'abnormal'? This question is at the heart of the psychiatric museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent. Belgium's oldest psychiatric institution from 1857 showcases the history of psychiatry. The museum is named after psychiatrist Jozef Guislain, who was the first to regard the mentally ill as patients.
Address: Jozef Guislainstraat 43B

5. GUM - Ghent University Museum

Are you a lover of science, research and critical thinking? Then Ghent University Museum the ideal place to explore. Explore different disciplines of science, such as biology, archaeology and medicine or learn from contemporary research. Ghent's science museum, also known as GUM, is located on the edge of the Citadel Park and is surrounded by other leading museums, such as the SMAK and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Address: L9, Karel Lodewijk Ledeganckstraat 35

6. SMAK - Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent is a must-see when on a cultural city break. See exhibitions of contemporary art by national and international artists at the "Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst", also abbreviated as SMAK. And at the end of your visit you can stroll through the green Citadel Park city park.
Address: Jan Hoetplein 1

7. MSK - Museum for Fine Arts

Lovers of paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages to the 20th century will enjoy the MSK (Museum of Fine Arts) in Ghent. Admire more than 600 works of art by great masters such as Hieronymus Bosch and Rogier van der Weyden. The Museum of Fine Arts, in Flemish known as the Museum voor Schone Kunsten, was officially founded in 1798, making it the oldest museum in Belgium.
Address: Fernand Scribedreef 1

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8. De wereld van Kina

Are you out and about with children? Then a visit to the children's museum in Ghent, De Wereld van Kina, is certainly worthwhile. This nature museum is specially designed for children and adolescents and is located south of the centre of Ghent. Go on an exploration and learn all about our planet at this interactive and educational museum.
Address: Sint-Pietersplein 14

Visit museums in Ghent by train

Are you going on a day trip to Ghent any time soon? Then choose to travel by train. In just over two hours, you can travel from Amsterdam Central Station to the heart of the city, where you can immediately start your visit to a museum in Ghent.

When travelling Intercity Brussels you will get there in 3.08 hours. Book more than 7 days before departure and you will benefit from the reduced Early Bird rate.

With Thalys you will get from Amsterdam Centraal to Ghent in 2.17 hours. The cheapest one-way price in second class for this route is € 37 . Tip! Book from a station nearby. The outbound trip will then have a fixed maximum price of € 9 in second class and € 15 in first class. This way you will also only have to check in once and receive travel information on the entire route. The sooner you book, the cheaper the train tickets. You can book Thalys 4 months in advance.

The 8 best museums in Ghent

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