STAM Ghent City Museum

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STAM Ghent City Museum
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
STAM is the Ghent city museum. It presents the story of the city of Ghent. A permanent circuit leads visitors along a chronological trail of objects and multimedia which trace the development and growth of Ghent. Temporary exhibitions explore the concept of 'urbanity' from different angles. STAM's real showpiece, its raison d'être, is the city itself. A visit to the city museum is not complete without a visit to Ghent. STAM is ten years old this year... time for a make-over for the permanent exhibition. From December 7th you will mingle with parchment abbots, enterprising women, amorous rebels and self-seeking benefactors from the Middle Ages to the present day as you make your way through the new-look 'Story of Ghent’. You will see and feel the city grow and change shape. You will discover some of the city’s secrets and of course there will also be a fresh version of our (still gigantic) aerial photograph.
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Paris, France7 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
i was well greeted by the friendly lady at the ticket office, and i was told to keep my tote bag in a locker, where you would need €1 or €2 to operate but will be returned when you finished using the locker. i didn’t have high expectation especially after reading the review from someone who gave 1 rating but i feel it was unjustified. the museum is really worthy. at the entrance, you will be given a booklet (in 3 different languages), which gives the highlights that you should visit. there are arrows along the way to direct you the right direction, and everything is elaborated in 3 different languages. it was a good overview of the transformation that ghent went through since the 14th century.
Written September 20, 2021
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Ted L
Plymouth, UK157 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a well thought out and wide ranging museum. It is housed in a combination of modern display spaces and a medieval abbey, nicely adapted to lead the visitor through the history of the city with a wealth of interesting displays. There's a medieval hall still with its original Gothic decoration and a very good audio guide (though the numbers by the exhibits were sometimes difficult to see from a wheelchair).
Accessibility is good in the museum, though the street access outside could be difficult for anyone with a large chair.
The shop is a little limited and disappointing, and the detailed guidebook is only available in French or Dutch.
There is a cafe but it only sells (delicious) meals rather than snacks at lunchtime and the tables were rather grubby.
Written February 13, 2020
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Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate the e-mail you have send us and have since resolved the street access issue. We hope to see you again soon!
Written May 11, 2020
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Dark Soul
30 contributions
Feb 2020
We've been to a couple of musea in Ghent, but this one was the most fun to visit. A bit off the beaten path, but we could actually park our car there without getting fined or take a bank loan to pay for parking.

You really get to know Ghent here, in a really fun way. The expo about the tunnels was also really cool. Definitely worth a visit, and the Fine Arts museum is not far from here.
Written February 11, 2020
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Paris, France10 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Ghent has a rich and fascinating history but unfortunately this museum does not present it in a clear or accessible way. The displays are chaotic; the labels are only in Dutch; and the stickers with the audio guide codes were often missing. The whole thing smacks of provincialism and N-VA pettiness. The directors should visit the city history museums in Nantes and Strasbourg, which are really well done. When we visited the STAM, there were not enough audio guides to go around. Only after we insisted did they give us one to share between the two of us. This is a problem that could be solved with an app. En bref, very disappointing and a waste of time!
Written February 23, 2020
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Jan V
Tielt Winge, Belgium97 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Visited the museum at the end of our stay so we already had seen a lot...would probably recommend to do it early. A lot to see, maybe a bit too much, many rooms show a lot which makes it a bit dry. The audioguide is somewhat helpful but a bit dry.
Written February 28, 2020
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Wellington, New Zealand3,340 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
Chronological museums are a little out of fashion in many countries but for a city museum it works well, and this romp through Ghent's history over the last 2,000 years plus is excellent. There are many fine artifacts, particularly for the medieval period and being in such a lovely old complex of buildings adds to the experience as there are a number of lovely rooms here. If you're an English speaker do get the audio guide to add a bit of substance to the summary boards in English scattered throughout the Museum. That is the one criticism I would have : more English would have added enormously to the experience. There were many fascinating looking artifacts withe two or three lines only in Dutch and plenty of space for a similar small exposition in English. It always sounds a little arrogant when an English speaker makes these kinds of comments, but tourism sites are just going to have to accept that English is now the go-to language for people from many countries. If you want more international tourists then more English is a must. Having said that perhaps STAM isn't interested in that: when we arrived they didn't ask the question that should be obligatory in such institutions as regards future planning- 'where are you from?. Putting these comments to one side any visitor to Ghent should visit this lovely little museum. Also worth noting that there's an excellent coffee shop on site.
Written September 22, 2017
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Graham C
St. Albans, UK57 contributions
Feb 2014 • Couples
From the moment that you approach the glass cube cafe/entrance you know this is going to be impressive! This is reinforced as you enter the first room in this converted Abbey having to wear overshoes as you walk over an aerial picture of the city with a three d model at the centre and ever changing pictures of city life being projected around you.
The rest of the museum takes you through the varous phases of the history of the city from prehistory and even on to dreaming about the future in a room with 1000s of lego bricks!
All of the artifacts are displayed imaginatively and well. By the end of the route you are very well informed about the past glories of this city which was once at the heart of trade and politics in Northern Europe.
Particularly quirky is the room dedicated to the mystery of the theft of the 'Just Judges' panel from the Van Eyck masterpiece 'The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb ' from St Bravo Cathedral in 1934 and which has never been recovered.
There is a down side; Many of the descriptions are not translated into English. To counteract this there is a booklet of translations provideed for a number of languages including English, German and Spanish but not all items are included in it which is frustrating. We were also left confused by the fact that this chronologically well ordered museum avoided mention of either of the two world wars and the city's role in them!
Nice cafe as well!
Written February 21, 2014
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Matosinhos, Portugal265 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
This is one of the places I find magical in Gent...

The museum is perfect for the ones who want to know a little bit more about the city of Gent, it has many rooms that provide you a time-line on Gent's path through history.
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The little secret is that this museum is located in a very beautiful place, a must-go to everyone! It is surrounded by a wonderful garden where you can eat (a sandwich from the bar is 3€ and very tasteful), and if you walk around there are always smaller little spots to sit and relax, and the old buildings that you'll see are just astonishing. There's no city noise nor confusion, just a happy beautiful place.
I recommend it highly to everyone (on Sunday it's open and there's almost none!) who goes to Gent and feels like having a break from all the sightseeing walking.
Written September 29, 2012
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Oct 2011
Please change the title to it's actual name: STAM, Ghent City Museum
'Bijlokemuseum' is out of use since 10 years
Written October 2, 2011
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Anatoly S
Moscow, Russia169 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
The museum is very attractive and well equipped with different hi-tech things like VR etc. A lot of languages in audioguide, we were offered additionally a brochure in Russian with some info.
Written March 19, 2019
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