Huis van Alijn, Ghent

Huis van Alijn, Ghent (must see)

Complete with a beautiful inner garden, café and shop, this museum holds a special place in the historic center of Ghent. The House of Alijn brings to life a fascinating tale of all things big and small, offering a vivid portrayal of the evolution of the 20th-century everyday life culture. On display are ordinary objects and curiosities which deliver a striking introduction to mankind's common heritage. The exhibited items convey the spirit of the times, much as the ways and customs of people, and serve as a reminder of the days gone by. Visitors to the museum have at their disposal the digital photo album, sound-recordings, and vignettes from various films.

Why You Should Visit:
To learn how people used to live around Ghent, and the changing expositions are always fun to see.
Particularly enjoyable exploring with someone else instead of alone, to talk to each other about the objects.

Tip:
The courtyard with a delightful café in the center is worth popping into even without entering the museum. During the Patershol festival, they even have a stage and live jazz band in the evening.

Opening Hours:
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat, Sun, Holidays: 10am-6pm
Closed on Wednesdays, December 24th, 25th, 31st, and January 1st

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Huis van Alijn on Map

Sight Name: Huis van Alijn
Sight Location: Ghent, Belgium (See walking tours in Ghent)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Ghent, Belgium

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