STAM Ghent City Museum
STAM Ghent City Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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. STAM is ten years old this year... time for a make-over for the permanent exhibition. From December 7th you will mingle with parchment abbots, enterprising women, amorous rebels and self-seeking benefactors from the Middle Ages to the present day as you make your way through the new-look 'Story of Ghent’. You will see and feel the city grow and change shape. You will discover some of the city’s secrets and of course there will also be a fresh version of our (still gigantic) aerial photograph.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • 111TWIGAMINHAAFRIKA
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing true to life map and fascinating museum...
    Used the 48 hour Gent pass to gain free entry to this museum. Fascinating museum, so much in-depth history of Gent and Belgium in general but the detailed map of Gent cleverly depicted upon the floor was genius and enabled one to find key individual points of interest. Art, history and interaction, this is a fine museum. Friendly and helpful staff.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 July 2023
  • genibre69
    London, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit, not crowded
    Really appreciated the reception accepted my press card unlike the RUDE reception at the Museum of Fine Arts. Love that ALL the permanent exhibition placards are translated in English and French. I found Ghent’s history and the numerous artifacts to illustrate that very well-presented. It’s definitely a compact museum, with the modern history given shorter shrift. The medieval refractory is beautiful. The museum wasn’t crowded at all on Saturday at noon. As for the temporary exhibition, it’s unfortunately not translated into English. It’s on skylines. I found that less interesting anyway and ran out of time so wasn’t as big a deal for me.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Urban Historians Alert
    This is where I learned the history of the city, a story that will stay with me. The museum is well-curated and organized, explanations are in English, so easy for me. The exhibits trace history from the first known humans up to modern times with lots of good information on how the city grew. Perfect for urban historians.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 November 2023
  • Buckster21
    London, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum
    This well planned museum leads the visitor through the development of Ghent from pre-history to the present day, starting with a huge floor map of the satellite image of the city and its surroundings. Preserved rooms include the refectory of the monastery that preceded the museum. There is enough to attract children and every display has detailed commentary in English, French and Flemish. There are many information tablets that give more information about the objects on display. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 January 2024
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Russell G
London, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very glad we made the effort to come here, it's slightly outside of Ghent central are. Its set in an old Abbey building, lots of exhibits and information, excellent cafe as well....
Written 10 March 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The exhibition in the museum make me know better about Gent and Belgium. The guide is interesting, creative and full of knowledge.
Written 17 January 2024
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Buckster21
London, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This well planned museum leads the visitor through the development of Ghent from pre-history to the present day, starting with a huge floor map of the satellite image of the city and its surroundings. Preserved rooms include the refectory of the monastery that preceded the museum. There is enough to attract children and every display has detailed commentary in English, French and Flemish. There are many information tablets that give more information about the objects on display.

Definitely worth a visit.
Written 6 January 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This is where I learned the history of the city, a story that will stay with me. The museum is well-curated and organized, explanations are in English, so easy for me. The exhibits trace history from the first known humans up to modern times with lots of good information on how the city grew. Perfect for urban historians.
Written 30 November 2023
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genibre69
London, UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Really appreciated the reception accepted my press card unlike the RUDE reception at the Museum of Fine Arts. Love that ALL the permanent exhibition placards are translated in English and French. I found Ghent’s history and the numerous artifacts to illustrate that very well-presented. It’s definitely a compact museum, with the modern history given shorter shrift.

The medieval refractory is beautiful. The museum wasn’t crowded at all on Saturday at noon.

As for the temporary exhibition, it’s unfortunately not translated into English. It’s on skylines. I found that less interesting anyway and ran out of time so wasn’t as big a deal for me.
Written 18 August 2023
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Jeffrey Guard
Westchester County, NY
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This is a must-see museum if you are visiting Ghent. You get a very detailed and illustrative detailing of how the city formed. They had a mix of audio, tactile, and visual displays that made the whole experience feel rich.

They had several rooms that chronicled historic eras and periods, gave insight into the daily lives of ordinary citizens, and showcased the good times that made Ghent so beautiful and awe-inspiring. They also went forward showcasing their plans for the future and ways to make it greener.

The larger-than-life aerial map that you can walk on and see from a bird's eye is also thrilling and a one-of-a-kind experience you do not want to miss.

There's a lot to see and do, so if you need to take a break, enjoy the cafe at the museum for a coffee or small bite and then get back to it!
Written 18 July 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Used the 48 hour Gent pass to gain free entry to this museum.
Fascinating museum, so much in-depth history of Gent and Belgium in general but the detailed map of Gent cleverly depicted upon the floor was genius and enabled one to find key individual points of interest.
Art, history and interaction, this is a fine museum.
Friendly and helpful staff.
Written 8 July 2023
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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We started our visit to the Ghent City Museum with the temporary exhibition "Skyline. High-rise in the Low Countries," focusing in particular on Ghent (Belgium) and Rotterdam (Netherlands). The exhibition presented paintings, drawings, photographs, maps, maquettes, and some surprising golden or silver models of churches. The juxtaposition of the famous "Diagram of the Principal High Buildings of the Old World" (1884) by American mapmaker George F. Cram and the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai (828 m) showed clearly how the concept of ‘tall building" evolved over time. As there were a lot of texts (in Dutch) to read, we appreciated the breaks offered by quizzes and games. We particularly enjoyed watching the award-winning animation film Flatlife by Jonas Geirnaert (2004) and the mysterious video Staging Silence II (2013) by Hans Op de Beek. The final sequence, showing two pairs of hands constructing a high-rise landscape with sugar cubes, which is later destroyed by black rain, is truly fascinating. After an hour and a half at the exhibition, we gave the permanent collection a miss and took a stroll in Ghent instead. With our Belgian Museum Pass, admission was free anyway.
Written 4 June 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This city history museum is set in a converted abbey where the nuns used to take care of sick and old patients. The preserved buildings are historic and interesting. Come here if you want to learn the history of this lovely city. Some interactive exhibits that are fun, good use of media. I learned a lot.
Written 5 May 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
One of the best museums we have ever visited. Imaginative displays and fascinating historic objects without being overwhelming. The map of Ghent was fun, a great introduction. Other rooms had exhibits you could listen to, touch or smell - but there was also plenty of information to read if you wanted to, so it suits a wide audience including families. We got a real sense of the importance of Ghent in context and would definitely recommend.
Written 28 April 2023
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