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GUM & Botanical Garden

The Ghent University Museum is located at the heart of the Ghent Botanical Garden, right around the corner from MSK Ghent and S.M.A.K. The GUM is a museum dedicated to science, research and critical thinking, where visitors can discover that scholarship is the result of trial and error, doubt and imagination.
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Practical information

Karel Lodewijk Ledeganckstraat 35, 9000 Gent

Phone 09 264 49 30

Getting here

Opening hours

Mo - Tu - Th - Fr: 9.30 am till 5.30 pm
We: closed*

Weekends - Holidays - School holidays: 10am till 18pm
The greenhouses of the Botanical Garden close daily at 4:30 PM.

The GUM is closed on Wednesdays and on December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1.
* The Botanical Garden is open on Wednesday. Even if public holidays or school holidays fall on a Wednesday, the GUM is closed.


A the GUM, you pick the brain of scientists. Which challenges do they face? How do they go about things? Is there room left for imagination, doubt and failure? How does that impact every aspect of our lives and way of thinking? And last but not least, which remarkable objects can illuminate this story?

At the new science museum, visitors can discover a highly valuable and exceptional collection covering various disciplines, ranging from Biology to Archaeology, and from Psychology to Medicine. The collection is where the history of science and contemporary research meet, while simultaneously offering a glimpse into the future. Throughout the exhibits and the programme, the GUM will be exploring the bridge between science and art.


Ghent University boasts valuable and extensive scientific heritage collections (over 400.000 objects) from every possible scientific field. These collections have originated in the two centuries the university has been in existence, and will keep on growing, fuelled by contemporary scientific research.

The GUM is responsible for managing these collections, ensuring we map them out correctly, show them to the public, and preserve them in a sustainable way for future generations of researchers, students and visitors.

In the museum and in themed exhibitions, visitors will be able to discover a number of highlights, carefully selected from those collections.


The GUM is located in the middle of the Ghent Botanical Garden. In addition to a large outdoor garden with an arboretum, a rock garden and a Mediterranean garden, you will also find 4,000 m² of heated and unheated greenhouses in the Botanical Garden. In total you will discover more than 10,000 plant species from all over the world.