Museum of Industry, Ghent

Museum of Industry, Ghent (must see)

In the centre of Ghent, just a stone’s throw from the Vrijdagmarkt, the Industiemuseum is located in an impressive factory building. In the former cotton mill – you can still smell the machine oil! – major and minor stories out of the eventful history of industry are brought to life. Various generations of entrepreneurs, merchants and labourers sweep you along in a universal story about people and machines, and how they changed the world around us.

The Industiemuseum’s surprisingly diverse collection with international appeal piques visitors’ curiosity. Evocative images, historical films, notable objects and gripping tales make the industrial past come to life; from a colossal steam machine to old advertisements, to the story of a labourer living in a humble factory-provided workman’s dwelling.

Why You Should Visit:
Surprisingly fun, interesting and well laid out place, with everything written in multiple languages thanks to guidebooks that are placed on the different floors.
Some of the machines still actually function and are being demonstrated. In the shop, you can buy the products that are made with them.

Tip:
Find the English written guides at the main entrance of each floor, and don't miss the unique view over the city from the large windows on the top floor!

Opening Hours:
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat, Sun, Holidays: 10am-6pm

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Museum of Industry on Map

Sight Name: Museum of Industry
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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