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Thursday Late

Every first Thursday of the month, various Ghent museums open their doors to the general public.
The museum by night

Experience Ghent's museums at night

Every first Thursday of the month, various Ghent museums open their doors to the general public. You can enjoy the exhibitions and collections of our museums until 10 pm. Are you 25 years old or younger? Then you only pay 2 euros. Children and young people up to the age of 18 can even visit the Ghent museums completely free of charge.

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St Peter's Abbey

Exhibition Buitenmensen

The Buitenmensen exhibition runs until April 14, 2024 in St. Peter's Abbey in Ghent: the colourful report of a journey of two thousand wonderfully slow kilometers through the countryside. With an old tractor plus animal cart as a photostudio, photojournalist Jelle Vermeersch watched and listened to the residents of the countryside. A diverse stream of people passes by. People whose small story is inextricably linked to the big history of the countryside.

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GUM imagination© Karin Borghouts

GUM & Bontanical Garden

Dive into the heads of scientists in the GUM, the new 'Forum for Science, Doubt & Art', and discover how these scientists search for knowledge by trial and error. You walk along themes such as 'Doubt', 'Chaos' and 'Imagination' and discover unique objects and stories from the collections of Ghent University. During Thursday Late you can also visit the Botanical Garden and its special greenhouses for free. Who knows, you might even hear the flute frogs whistling. They are mainly active in the evening and at night.

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IMGL6843 web c Michiel Devijver

The House of Alijn

Hear the beans grinding in a coffee grinder. Do your opening dance again in the wedding room. Flip through photo albums or read out an old New Year's letter. In the museum of daily life, reminisce together! During an interactive visit, you will discover many recognisable objects, photos, sounds and videos from the 20th and 21st centuries. After your visit, you can have a drink in the museum café or on the courtyard terrace, an oasis of calm in the centre of Ghent.

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When Business Meets Art© Martin Corlazzoli

Museum of Industry

Get to know the permanent exhibitions 'About People and Machinery', 'Three centuries of graphic industry' and '100% Textiles', as well as the temporary exhibitions of the moment.

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MSK - Museum of Fine Arts Ghent

(Re)discover the forty rooms of the MSK full of new stories and dozens of never-before-exhibited works of art, and get to know new thematic rooms that shed light on man and the world of the past and the present.

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20230421 SMAK Haegue Yang Pieter Engels c Martin Corlazzoli COR04007


On the first Thursday of every month, S.M.A.K. will remain exceptionally open until 10pm. Enjoy the ongoing exhibitions and activities such as live performances or guided tours.

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20220303 STAM museumnacht c Martin Corlazzoli COR08879

STAM - Ghent City Museum

Visit STAM and discover 'The story of Ghent', the permanent exhibition. Walk across the gigantic aerial photograph, see and feel the city grow and change shape, discover unique objects, immerse yourself in digital animations and get lost in wall-to-wall maps.

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