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“This has great potential - unrealised”

Museum of Industrial Archeology and Textile
Ranked #29 of 178 things to do in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Many reviewers have commented on how empty this place is... that's because it is mainly aimed towards school groups. What a shame, as it could be fascinating, but the staff are very poor, no training and limited knowledge of the exhibits. They do have some information in English, but it doesn't link to the actual items on show. Looms and other textile related machinery are interesting, but much more information is needed. None were working when we were there, we were informed that basically volunteers turn up randomly, you just have to ring up on the day and see who has signed into the book! One lady was spinning, that was it. The cafe was closed, despite signs outside offering happy hour and advertising meals.... no reason was given for its closure, except that 'no-one is there'. One staff member on the 4th floor was outright rude, the signage on where you can go is non-existent. We were reprimanded for looking at cotton items for sale in the shop - you are not allowed to touch them! All together a weird way to run a museum. Probably there are other places to pass your time in Ghent unless you are into museums that are still stuck in the 50's and you are a Dutch speaker. Shame.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

This museum is fun to walk around in. There are a lot of visual attractions on the textile floor with many forms and uses of textiles over the years.
Then came the industrial age and things changed. A lot to see in this area as well. Then modern times and how things became more convenient and user friendly.
A wonderful way to spend several hours, especially if the weather is not what you like outside. The day we went it was cold and wet.

Thank jeffreyshapiro
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

This would have been my favorite. We have the vast place practically to ourselves. Seems intended or school groups. My favorite would have been the temp exhibit on fifty years of immigration chasing dreams but I could not appreciate enough. Coulda been a contender

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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Good for both kids and adults.
Since it does not focus on one area, it's a little bit of every area of (Gent) industrialization. And of the society over times.
Recommended museum.

Thank DutchDesire
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

I was the only person here one afternoon, which was a shame as there is so much to learn. However, there just weren't enough explanations in English. Also, I used to go to an agricultural high school & am used to all sorts of farmyard smells. But some of the floors were so stuffy & smelt badly of old wool, that I had to look at the exhibits real quick.
A window or two could have been opened...

Thank lyz-the-activist
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