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“Pleasure for everyone”

STAM Ghent City Museum
Ranked #6 of 179 things to do in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: STAM is the Ghent city museum. It presents the story of the city of Ghent. A permanent circuit leads visitors along a chronological trail of objects and multimedia which trace the development and growth of Ghent. Temporary exhibitions explore the concept of 'urbanity' from different angles. STAM's real showpiece, its raison d'être, is the city itself. A visit to the city museum is not complete without a visit to Ghent.
Reviewed 8 May 2014

When you want to get to know the history of Ghent in an interactive way you should visit STAM Ghent. The building itself is really beautiful because it’s an old building but adjusted with modern architecture. The building is actually an abbey which they turned in to a museum, cool right?
When you enter STAM Ghent you walk on a huge aireal map of the city. Even minors and little kids like this room because you can look for places you know in Ghent and find beautiful places you’ve never been.
In the following rooms you dive into the prehistory of Ghent. You get to know and even experience how the city was struggling with democracy and how the city acquired freedom. You can see that religions played a big part in Ghent’s history.
If you want to visit a museum with information about Ghent’s prehistory until the 20st century, STAM Ghent is the right address! Everything is shown in an original way but you should definitely take your time to travel through Ghent’s history.
When you ended your tour in the museum you can have a drink in the bar which is located at a little pond and furthermore the staff is very friendly.
STAM Ghent, the perfect way to start your vacation in Ghent!

Thank Chloë V
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

A nice job of integrating new space with an old abbey. And advocates for the repurposing of more churches etc. may be more than you ever wanted to know of Ghent's history.

Thank nycmom22
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

This was not on our original list of things to do, but it was raining so we gave it a try. Very interesting museum. I recommend getting a listening guide if you don't speak Flemish because everything is written in Flemish. We also had lunch in the cafe- the chicken stew local speciality and it was delicious! We tried this speciality at other restaurants, but it was better here.

Thank traveller2927
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

The start of the city up to Industrial times.
Interesting for the history and the people.
Well done in an interactive way

Thank Linda N
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

From the moment that you approach the glass cube cafe/entrance you know this is going to be impressive! This is reinforced as you enter the first room in this converted Abbey having to wear overshoes as you walk over an aerial picture of the city with a three d model at the centre and ever changing pictures of city life being projected around you.
The rest of the museum takes you through the varous phases of the history of the city from prehistory and even on to dreaming about the future in a room with 1000s of lego bricks!
All of the artifacts are displayed imaginatively and well. By the end of the route you are very well informed about the past glories of this city which was once at the heart of trade and politics in Northern Europe.
Particularly quirky is the room dedicated to the mystery of the theft of the 'Just Judges' panel from the Van Eyck masterpiece 'The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb ' from St Bravo Cathedral in 1934 and which has never been recovered.
There is a down side; Many of the descriptions are not translated into English. To counteract this there is a booklet of translations provideed for a number of languages including English, German and Spanish but not all items are included in it which is frustrating. We were also left confused by the fact that this chronologically well ordered museum avoided mention of either of the two world wars and the city's role in them!
Nice cafe as well!

4  Thank Graham C
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