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Museum of Industrial Archeology and Textile

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Address: Minnemeers 9, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Phone Number: +32(0)9 269 42 00
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Interesting, especially with prior knowledge

This museum has an amazing collection of original machines (printing, textiles etc), as well as a floor dedicated to domestic life - and wherever you are from, it's fascinating... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
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London
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This museum has an amazing collection of original machines (printing, textiles etc), as well as a floor dedicated to domestic life - and wherever you are from, it's fascinating stuff. We were there on a weekday (Friday), and there were a number of school groups that were visiting, and there was us -- two adults in a huuuuge museum. How... More 

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Banbury, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

old textile mill on several floors with aged theme displays including working textile machines, printing presses and while we were there immigration from Morocco

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I loved this museum since it covers the history of design and industry within the city of Gent. They have some antique looms with the punchcard patterns that still are running, and you can purchase some of the fabric in the gift shop. I like that there are workshops, hands-on displays and also historic displays in one place! Great museum,... More 

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Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

There was a game for the kids which was really great. Without such a game, the museum would be a little boring for them. They got a bag with some goodies and a book with assignments they had to do. Afterwards they even got a diploma! My daughters are 3 and 5 years old. We stayed for about two hours... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

There is a great collection of machinery and stuff related to the history of textile and industrial activities in Europe.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The museum really focusses on textile, for which Ghent was known during the Middle Ages. The exhibit has a "twijnmachine", a Mule Jenny, one of the first "programmed" weaving machines (well before the computer), as well as an exhibition about high technology current clothing. The building, which was a textile factory, is also quite impressive. Somewhat away from the tourist... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This dense museum provides an excellent history of the textile industry in Ghent. It has an extensive collection of textile machinery dating back to the 1700s. You should allot a few hours to MIAT to do justice to the collection of machinery, appliances, and exhibits.

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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is a very big museum with various exhibitions. There is so much to see and very interesting. Mostly it's about industrial archeology and textile, though for the moment there is an exhibition on 50 years of migration to Ghent and that one is very very interesting. A must see.

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London
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We came upon this museum accidentally whilst exploring away from the city centre. It offered a history of local working practices in the textile industry with videos showing many of the looms at work. On one floor the exhibits were linked to different members of one family, over a number of generations, which gave an interesting perspective.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

In an old textile factory you can learn all there is to know about industry in and around Ghent. They have original artefacts and the exposition is appealing to all ages. The temporary exhibitions are always worth an extra visit.

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