In the centre of Ghent, just a stone’s throw from the Vrijdagmarkt, the Museum of Industry is located in an impressive factory building. In the former cotton mill – you can still smell the machine oil! – major and minor stories out of the eventful history of industry are brought to life. Various generations of entrepreneurs, merchants and labourers sweep you along in a universal story about people and machines, and how they changed the world round us.
The Museum of Industry’s surprisingly diverse collection with international appeal piques visitors’ curiosity. Evocative images, historical films, notable objects and gripping tales make the industrial past come to life; from a colossal steam machine to old advertisements, to the story of a labourer living in a humble factory-provided workman’s dwelling.
The Museum of Industry is bursting with activities, with its interactive tours, creative workshops, rumbling machines, lively exhibitions, exciting museum games and passionate craftsmen. What’s more, you can enjoy experimenting with science and technology in the Tinker Studio or try things out in the textile or printing studio, with or without experts and creative minds to guide you.
Children and families
The Museum of Industry welcomes children with open arms. Play a museum game, try things out yourself at a workshop or celebrate your birthday in the museum, together with your friends. Making felt, creating crazy inventions or using letters and printing techniques together makes any party a guaranteed success!
The museum is alive!
An entire team of enthusiastic volunteers work in the museum. Many of them have a technical or creative background. Among other things, they keep historical printing methods alive, organise interactive workshops and get the old textile machines running again. Feel free to talk to them to find out more about the museum’s collection.
A visit to the Museum of Industry isn’t complete without dropping by Bar Mitte, the museum café, with a hot coffee, a cold drink, a freshly made sandwich or a light lunch. Sit back and relax, either inside or outside, on the sunny patio...
Have you got questions about industrial, scientific or technical heritage, but haven’t found an answer in the museum or on our website? Come and knock on our door, because the museum library and the ETWIE experts have loads of knowledge to offer!
The library is open to the public on Tuesdays from 10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and Thursdays from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Outside of these hours and during school holidays, an appointment is required.
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