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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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A more interesting museum than one would expect

We went here on a wet morning to escape the weather and were pleasantly surprised. Good exhibits of the Belgian textile industry.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 29, 2015
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

We went here on a wet morning to escape the weather and were pleasantly surprised. Good exhibits of the Belgian textile industry.

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Thank Ann B
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

We could have spent all day here but whizzed around in a couple of hours. Fantastic displays of industrial progress over the years and what amazing exhibits. To see weaving machines in action was great and of course we had to buy some tea-towels produced on the site (they are lovely to use). There were displays of everyday items too... More 

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Thank JaCob5
Canberra, Australia
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312 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

The MIAT is an excellent museum. Well laid out, there are interesting exhibits to industrial modernisation and textile industries, and development of modern technologies. When I visited, there was a piano exhibition. Well recommended! Tip: Find the English written guides at the main entrance of each floor.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

The history of the textile and printing industry in Ghent.  Very nicely illustrated. Notice the circular wall illustrations showing how the development in Ghent corresponded to events in the region, the country and the world.  Children should also be able to find enough interesting things to look at. Good variation and use of media as well.  A bit unfortunate that... More 

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Thank Krulletje
Ghent, Belgium
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Very good museum on the industrial past of the city and of Belgium during the Industrial Revolutions. Go here on a rainy day or to escape the busier sights of Ghent.

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Thank Thomas P
Hereford, United Kingdom
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261 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

This museum was good in terms of the size of the collection and the uncluttered nature of the displays, but very poor in terms of knowing what exactly you're looking at if you don't speak Dutch! In a few locations there were cards in French, German and English with descriptions but without a corresponding number system so you had to... More 

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Thank pesti13
London
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104 reviews
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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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Thank rolloutthebarrel
Banbury, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 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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Thank PMTate
Indianapolis, Indiana
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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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Thank Nancy B
Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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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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