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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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Museum Industriel Arbeid Textiel

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

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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Ghent, Belgium
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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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Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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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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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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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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