In the centre of Ghent, close to Vrijdagmarkt, you can find the Museum of Industry in an impressive old cotton mill. Three permanent exhibitions bring the industrial past back to life.


Twelve workers and supervisors tell the story of how new inventions and special events changed their lives over the years. Explore five discovery boxes filled with vivid testimonials, iconic machines and surprising facts. Discover the spinning machine Mule Jenny and the twiner. These are the major showpieces of the Museum of Industry.

Main exhibition
Main exhibition

Municipal printers, lithographers, typesetters, apprentices, graphic designers … Their stories will take you on an exciting journey through time in the printing industry, from 1750 up to the present. Can you hear the lead letters fall from the typesetting machine? Make your own minizine as you make your way through the exhibition. You will gradually learn more about type design, mixing colours and printing techniques. Your minizine will be a great memento of your visit!

Printing department
Printing department

Discover how textile is made, from cotton to towel. With humming spinning machines, roaring looms and rattling sewing machines. Listen to the stories of entrepreneurs and workers from the textile factories of the past and get acquainted with present-day alternative materials, techniques and solutions. 

Textile department
Textile department
Textile dying

The museum cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a snack or a drink after your visit. L'Usine offers many delicious things. 

Or visit the museum garden, an oasis of calm in the heart of the city. It grows special plants that contain natural pigments that can be used to dye textile.

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