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Design museum Gent

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Address: Jan Breydelstraat 5, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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+32 9 267 99 99
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Tue 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thu - Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The only design museum in Belgium, devoted to 20th century and contemporary...

The only design museum in Belgium, devoted to 20th century and contemporary design.

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A small museum so it is highly dependent on the exhibition

I was lucky that they were having an exhibition looking at artists and the design industry. I really enjoy looking at the working process of the artists and learning how they... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
West Lafayette, Indiana
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The design museum was on our walking route from the castle so we took the opportunity to drop in. When we visited their was a very good bicycle exhibition in place but this would have been a temporary exhibit. It was worthwhile, the rest of the museum and its more permanent exhibits could be covered pretty quickly. A good activity... More 

Thank bobjanh
West Lafayette, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was lucky that they were having an exhibition looking at artists and the design industry. I really enjoy looking at the working process of the artists and learning how they design, redesign, and rework their ideas into actual products. A great place to get students thinking about the long and tedious design process.

Thank julianatay
Laren, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rather a mixed bunch: part a classic building with beautifully designed furniture, part a more modern building with education on the process of design and manufacturing. It was the only central museum that was actually open on 31 December, so an easy pick, but worthwhile. Good (pop-up) cafe in the patio-area.

Thank Coen1966
Leicester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today ... missing what sounded like a great bike exhibition. Nothing of note or great interest to view. Haphazard presentation, poorly explained. Must be missing something - can't see the attraction. Miserable staff too. The only low point of a fabulous four days in Bruges and Ghent.

Thank Tim61_11
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

If you are a student of design this is well worth a visit. It takes 30-45 minutes and is a trove of famous design from Belgium, with an eclectic mix of pieces from the past and present.

Thank VATLC23
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

If you like art, you'll like this museum. But they call it a design museum and it isn't. A browse around the bike exhibit makes this clear. Yes, there's the odd bike that's interesting - designed to carry loads with a low centre of gravity. But it's mostly poor design presented as good design. Bikes made with wood frames that... More 

Thank SizP
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

Our guiding book showed this place as a place of interest. We were even excited about this visit. The disappointment was as big as our expectations. It is a small museum, it not reach in exhibits and it's doesn't worth the price of the ticket. Nothing there left us impressed like other museums or castles. The forced mixture of old... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

The building itself is already art...A Piece of Furniture is also a House exhibit is amazing, really interesting combination of old and modern objects. Highly recommend a visit if you're in Ghent!

Thank Anna J
Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

The Design Museum in Ghent was, frankly, a total disappointment. If you like bicycles, it is truly amazing – a huge part of the available display space was occupied by bicycles of all makes, types, and ages. However, I was hugely disappointed by the current collection. In part, I was using an older guidebook and had arrived expecting to see... More 

Thank Gillian B
Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

The temporary bike exhibition was good. The permanent collection was pretty poor to be honest. It seemed a thrown together mix without any explanation. For example, they had a room dedicated to the most influential Belgian designer of the 20th century but only one introductory writing to the whole room. Some exhibits had a bar code which if you had... More 

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