Industriemuseum

Industriemuseum, Ghent: Hours, Address, Industriemuseum Reviews: 4.5/5

Industriemuseum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Get to know the industrial past in this former cotton factory with a beautiful panorama. In 'About people and machinery' you take a dive into the industrial past through 5 chronological discovery stations. Listen to personal stories, walk around the self-actor, discover steam and power and stop at the listening poles. In the Tinker Studio you experiment with materials and techniques. 'Three centuries of graphic industry' tells the history of printing. Walk across the catwalk past the print shop and the type cases. Sometimes printers are at work. You will make your own minizine throughout the exhibition. In '100% Textiles' you follow the process from cotton to finished product. Admire the (roaring!) machines, touch textile samples, listen to stories and try out carding, spinning or weaving. In and around the workshop you see people spinning, weaving, natural dyeing and stitching. There are also temporary exhibitions. The museum is open until 10 p.m. every 1st Thursday of the month.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Angelika V
Ghent, Belgium13 contributions
Very nice place for children
Sep 2020
I was there not so long time ago with my daughter. She liked very much A lot of intresting things for children her age (7 years old) And also nice cafe:)
Written September 12, 2020
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E17_KJ
London, UK1,126 contributions
Also good for social history in Flanders
Jul 2020 • Solo
To be honest I’m not interested in printing or weaving per se; I came here to find out about the growth of industry in Flanders, and its impact on people’s lives, and I wasn’t disappointed. Really interesting to learn about the poverty/wealth of different strata in society, how industry displaced agriculture, and how people moved within and between countries for work, right up to the late 20th century. Some excellent audiovisual case studies, with subtitles in French and English. During the pandemic you are asked to buy tickets in advance for a particular time slot.
Written July 19, 2020
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Jan V
Tielt Winge, Belgium97 contributions
Great experience bringing industrial Gent back!
Feb 2020 • Family
We liked the exposition on printing best. One of the people working on the printing presses gave us a great tour and explanation on the history of printing....Really interesting!
Written February 28, 2020
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Jennifer
Ghent, Belgium22 contributions
Bored staff , great collection
Jul 2019 • Solo
The museum cafe is very very very slow. And then you spot the waitress having a cigarette outside ? Seems more aimed at cocktails after hours.
The museum has everything it says on the label , the oil smells , the machinery ... So that’s great. But again , lots of volunteers and/or staff milling around chatting to eachother or staring out the window.
Written December 25, 2019
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Sorry you had to leave the museum with this feeling. We do everything we can to avoid such circumstances in the future. The museum café is temporarily closed, and will reopen soon. A fresh start. Glad you liked the collection, though! Always welcome back!
Written February 12, 2020
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Chalkmanvid
Liverpool, UK212 contributions
A great insight
Sep 2019 • Friends
Was walking passed and decided to have a look around

What an insight to the history of the printing industry from text to art and design. As well as full sized looms and pictures of mills long since gone of the textile industry

With printing machines made in the North West of the UK from a hundred years ago, its amazing to see them restored or being restored. Sadly these must be some of the last remaining working models in Europe.

If you ever wondered how thing got to be printed that we take for granted you could find this a very rewarding museum
Written September 30, 2019
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We feel honored with such a favorable review. Thanks for visiting, always welcome back!
Written February 17, 2020
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Marc V
Gent547 contributions
A must if you value your past
Aug 2019
It strikes me particularly that many of the (excellent) revues here are from foreigners. The MIM offers an outstanding view of the industrial history of Ghent. Not to miss for anybody from the city and its (wide) surroundings.
Especially the lively video stories by people playing a specific character from that period and the harrowing contrasts between the rich and the poor adds to the special feeling.
The weaving technology and all aspects from wool (and all its alternatives) to high tech garments is very well presented. You can touch and feel most of it. (3rd and 5th floor). The 4th floor is similar and displays the history of printing. One can even create his own "mini-zine" along the road.
All is very informative and very well structured ! And if you want to see it work, be there on Sunday mornings between 10:00 and 13:00.
Written August 26, 2019
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Thank you for this great review, Marc! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. As for the textile machines, they also run on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday :). Hope to see you again soon!
Written July 6, 2020
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Stuart S
Wanaka, New Zealand10 contributions
Insight into what drove the city in the last few centuries
Jul 2019 • Couples
Fascinating insight in to the technology and industries that drove the city over the last few centuries. The only downside is that (not unlike some other museums) on a hot day, it gets a bit stuffy and hot inside. The connection between typesetting, the textile industry, and modern computing might not hit you unless you computed in the time of paper tape storage, but you can see alot of this up close and hear and read the stories of people who lived in different social strata throughout the the last few centutries.
Excellent cafe and outdoor space for kids and those needing a cool breeze on a hot day.
Written July 2, 2019
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Carol T
Rouen, France134 contributions
Simply fabulous
Apr 2019 • Couples
Visited this museum while having a few days in Ghent, which used to be an important centre for the textile industry. Housed in a former cotton mill. It brings to life the effect of the industrial revolution on the cotton trade, its workers and the city itself, but this is not some stuffy museum. It is beautifully displayed, and uses technology to great effect, so that you feel really involved in the lives of the working families.
The floor that houses the machines is awesome, and the noise when the machines are started up is deafening.
We loved the museum and would definitely recommend it.
Written April 14, 2019
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Samiya7
Hollywood, FL1,011 contributions
Interesting and Educational on textile industry
Mar 2019 • Solo
2 of the floors of this museum were closed, so I actually only got to visit 2 floors. The 5th floor had a very detailed exhibition on the textile industry in Ghent. Each room featured 3 different people from different eras discussing their lives. I found it to be interesting and learned a lot. The other floor I visited had different types of working weaving machines. The employees at this museum were friendly and helpful. I recommend a visit if you like history and how things are made.
Written March 1, 2019
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
Renamed Industry museum, with great new exhibition on the top floor
Oct 2018 • Solo
This weekend the renovated top floor opened. For one, you have a pretty nice view over the city from the large windows of this former spinning factory. The factory was build in 1905, replacing an older building, in Manchester style, with a typical triangular roof structure. The top floor focusses on textile production (wool, cotton and linnen) between 1650 till about 1950, and is divided in several smaller "rooms". Most have 3 personages telling their story (akted), also for the last room there are pictures and videos of the actual persons themselves in the exhibit. Some of the top pieces are a twining machine from the 17th century, a mule jenny, the spinning machine that started the industrial revolution, and a selfactor (also a spinning machine). Further, there is a partial steam engine that one can operate, and quite nicely shows how it worked for textile productions.
On the floor underneath the whole process of going from raw cotton to the final product is shown, and this is quite an elaborate process. Some of the machines still actually function, and are demonstrated. In the shop you can buy the products made with them.
Further, there are also a lot of printing machines on display. Not too interesting, unless someone is operating them and giving explanations, which happens regularly. The lowest floor then gives an overview of work throughout time.
Written October 2, 2018
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