Museum of Industry

Welcome to the Museum of Industry!

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.


Exciting activities

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.


Schools and other groups

The museum offers a wide array of exciting programmes for toddlers, pupils, students and other groups. These include thematic walks round the museum’s neighbourhood and guided tours through the exhibitions, but also workshops or museum games. Find out what you can do together with your class or group!


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!


Bar Baudelo

You're looking for a nice place to eat or drink something before or after your museum visit? Then settle into Bar Baudelo, the museum café with just that little bit more. You can enjoy sandwiches, quiches, pastas and desserts, always with a focus on local products and Ghent specialties.

And don’t forget...

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.

Exhibitions at the Ghent museums


Opening hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, school holidays and bank holidays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed on Wednesdays (also during school holidays and bank holidays, except during the Ghent Festivities and Christmas holidays)

Closed on December 24th, 25th, 31st and on January 1st