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Address: Jan Breydelstraat 5, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 9 267 99 99
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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
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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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Eclectic Collection

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Reston
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

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Leicester
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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 

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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!

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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 

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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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Switzerland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

I was thinking this is about the latest design things, but I realized there were only some sculptures and some scratch drawings from some famous Belgian designers and architects. The bike exposition was good, but also only few things to really do. It was more like a hall with bikes hang up. It is not like the design museum from... More 

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Occitanie, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

The special exhibit “Bike to the Future” was wonderful, and I think interesting to all, bikers and non-bikers alike. Quite a bit of information was presented; allow adequate time for this in depth look at bicycle design and bikes in the urban environment. The show is scheduled to continue through October 23, 2016. The rest of the museum was just... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

We were lucky enough to discover the "Bike to the Future" exhibition, and spent an hour or more just looking at the prototypes for bicycles. The rest of the museum seems a bit more random, but there are plenty of interesting things to see. I would have enjoyed more information and a bigger display of the train car which was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

Spent an excellent 2 hours discovering an eclectic mix of old and modern artefacts, furniture, glass, design prototypes in this soon to relocate museum on the West Bank of the Leie in Gent. Currently showing a fascinating special exhibition on the Future of the Bike in a city teeming with cyclists. Highly recommended.

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