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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 #20 of 114 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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London
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
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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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Brussels, Belgium
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105 reviews 105 reviews
12 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Many reviewers have commented on how empty this place is... that's because it is mainly aimed towards school groups. What a shame, as it could be fascinating, but the staff are very poor, no training and limited knowledge of the exhibits. They do have some information in English, but it doesn't link to the actual items on show. Looms and... More

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Belgrade, Montana
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255 reviews 255 reviews
65 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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215 attraction reviews
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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
57 helpful votes 57 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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36 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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