We visited in June 2014, and they had a display of war represented in art by mentally ill artists. The guide describes the work as well as the artist's pathology, which is a surprisingly interesting way to view a work. Much of the art is really exceptional, and some of it is incredibly disturbing - an exhibit to burn into your brain that war is, indeed, hell.
Only slightly less disturbing is the history of psychiatry represented in the standing collection. Though it understandably skews toward the contributions of Dr. Guislain and his contemporaries, it is a fairly well-presented history of the discipline, though sometimes it seems more like a litany of atrocities. If you yourself have some mental illness or care for somebody who does, you would be hard-pressed not to be heartbroken by the historical treatment of these challenges.
We only had an hour and a half in the museum, which was a mistake on our part. You should leave yourself more time than that.
This is well off the beaten path in Ghent, but well worth the trip. The walk from city center is a little more than a mile and takes you through some parts of Ghent heavily populated with immigrants, particularly Turkish immigrants, which is a totally different view of the city.
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