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Museum of Industrial Archeology and Textile

Minnemeers 9, Ghent 9000, Belgium
+32(0)9 269 42 00
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Ranked #16 of 113 attractions in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Traveler Description: The MIAT is a museum dedicated to the history of the Ghent textile industry and to industrial archeology. Located, in an impressing early 20th... more »
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Belgrade, Montana
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243 reviews 243 reviews
65 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This museum is fun to walk around in. There are a lot of visual attractions on the textile floor with many forms and uses of textiles over the years. Then came the industrial age and things changed. A lot to see in this area as well. Then modern times and how things became more convenient and user friendly. A wonderful... More

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new york
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555 reviews 555 reviews
194 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 via mobile

This would have been my favorite. We have the vast place practically to ourselves. Seems intended or school groups. My favorite would have been the temp exhibit on fifty years of immigration chasing dreams but I could not appreciate enough. Coulda been a contender

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Sint-Michielsgestel, The Netherlands
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62 reviews 62 reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Good for both kids and adults. Since it does not focus on one area, it's a little bit of every area of (Gent) industrialization. And of the society over times. Recommended museum.

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Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

I was the only person here one afternoon, which was a shame as there is so much to learn. However, there just weren't enough explanations in English. Also, I used to go to an agricultural high school & am used to all sorts of farmyard smells. But some of the floors were so stuffy & smelt badly of old wool,... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

A great overview of the industrial history of Gent, and a history of technology. The displays of Gent's textile past are especially interesting and varied. 2-3 hours is what you need to do it justice

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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Want to see thread-making or letterpress production in action? This is the right place. Interesting to kids, adults, and suitably geeky teens, from social history to technological history this is a must visit.

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Brussels, Belgium
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This museum tell you the story of the texiel industry in Ghent; and in extension the hole industralisation on a very plesant way. It's a real famlily place where kids can discover with their own eyes what grandfather told them. Time will fly and after the visit you'll have stuff to talk about.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Good interactive/tactile area, but more of that sort of thing through out the museum for small children would be good

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Uithoorn, The Netherlands
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109 reviews 109 reviews
12 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

In this museum you can see a lot about the Industrial revolution. All looms and printing presses still operate!

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Florida
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256 reviews 256 reviews
62 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

The words "industrial archeology" piqued our interest. We should have paid more attention to the word "textile." It is a very good museum and was free, with a contribution requested for cancer, the day we were there. It is definitely focused on the textile industry. We now know all there is to know about how they turned nearly every fiber... More

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