The best museums in Ghent in June 2023

These are the top 20 best museums in Ghent, Belgium, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

For a complete overview of museums in Ghent, their exhibitions and discount cards & passes, see our overview page with all museums in Ghent.

Looking for the best museums in Ghent? These are the best ones:

  1. Lakenhalle Gent1

    Lakenhalle Gent

    The Ghent Cloth Hall is a building that was used as a trading and stacking place for cloth in the Middle Ages. The building also houses the museum of the Guild of St. Michael - a fencing museum.
  2. Museum of Fine Arts Ghent2

    Museum of Fine Arts Ghent

    Museum of Fine Arts Ghent is one of the oldest museums in Belgium. The museum displays a collection of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, drawings and graphics. It owns two works by Hieronymus Bosch and etchings of James Ensor. In addition, it displays works by Maarten Van Heemskerck, Pieter Breughe
  3. Ghent city museum3

    Ghent city museum

    Ghent City Museum (STAM) is housed in the 14th-century Bijloke Abbey. The museum depicts the story of Ghent with more than 300 collection pieces and interactive multimedia. Visitors take a journey through time. The story begins with the growth and prosperity of the medieval city. The modern city of
  4. St. Bavo's Cathedral Ghent4

    St. Bavo's Cathedral Ghent

    St. Bavo's Cathedral Ghent is characterized by a collection of religiously inspired art accumulated over centuries. The oldest objects date from the 8th century, the youngest from the 20th century. A showpiece is the "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb," a work by brothers Jan and Hubrecht Van Eyck.
  5. Museum Dr. Guislain5

    Museum Dr. Guislain

    Museum Dr. Guislain is housed in the former Hospice Guislain from 1857, the first institution in Belgium specifically built for the treatment of the mentally ill. Dr. Guislain was a pioneer in that field. The museum shows the history of psychiatry and 'madness'. A photo collection illustrates life i
  6. Heritage Centre ǀ Sisters of Charity JM6

    Heritage Centre ǀ Sisters of Charity JM

    The Heritage Centre | Sisters of Charity preserves and tells the history of the Sisters of Charity and their achievements in the field of education, health care, and welfare. By extension, we tell the story of women religious in general, of their life behind the convent walls, and of the pioneeri
  7. Design museum Gent7

    Design museum Gent

    Design museum Gent is housed in the 18th-century Hotel de Coninck. The collection of the museum mainly consists of modern and contemporary design objects from 1860 to now. The objects that were created before 1860 form the basis for the modern and contemporary design. The old museum collection mainl
  8. Industriemuseum8


    MIAT (Museum about industry, labour and textile) illustrates the evolution of industrial society from 1750 to now. Periods covered are: the first Industrial Revolution, the rise of the machine, the evolution of the consumption and information society, the evolving technology and everyday life. Spec
  9. House of Alijn9

    House of Alijn

    The House of Alijn is located in the Children Alijn Hospital, a former place of worship. The museum is dedicated to the popular culture in the 20th century. The basis of the collection is formed from the collection of the Museum of Folklore. The collection includes thousands of objects, documents, p
  10. Provinciaal Cultuurcentrum Caermersklooster10

    Provinciaal Cultuurcentrum Caermersklooster

  11. Gravensteen11


    The Castle of the Counts is Flanders' only remaining medieval castle with a virtually intact defense system. Inside the castle are the Museum of Justice and Weapons. The Justice Museum displays court objects and torture instruments: restraints from the Central Prison and from the mentally ill men's
  12. Kunsthal Sint-Pietersabdij12

    Kunsthal Sint-Pietersabdij

    Kunsthal Sint-Pietersabdij paints a picture of the abbey using the digital monk Allison. The monk addresses the visitor from a "movie guide. Most of the current buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries. The refectory, however, dates back to the Middle Ages. In addition to the permanent exhibi
  13. De wereld van Kina: de Tuin13

    De wereld van Kina: de Tuin

    The World of Kina: the Garden is a nature museum for children. There are 1,500 plants scattered in thematic beds, including medicinal plants, dye plants, forest and dunes. The plant room provides information about the plant kingdom. There is also a focus on the life of bees, and the spider room incl
  14. Arnold Vander Haeghen House14

    Arnold Vander Haeghen House

    Hotel Clemmen is a museum in the middle of Ghent's commercial center. Highlights of the collection include a reconstruction of the study and library of Belgian Nobel laureate Maurice Maeterlinck and a Chinese salon. Hotel Clemmen in a patrician residence built in 1746 to the design of David 't Kindt
  15. Museum voor Geschiedenis van de Geneeskunde15

    Museum voor Geschiedenis van de Geneeskunde

    The Museum of History of Medicine is located in the middle wing of the former Dominican monastery "The Building. The museum's collection includes appliances and instruments, iconography and paintings and sculptures.
  16. De wereld van Kina: het Huis16

    De wereld van Kina: het Huis

    The World of Kina: The House is housed in a side wing of St. Peter's Abbey. It is a natural science museum for children. Using fossils, it depicts the development of life on Earth from primordial times to the present. It also focuses on invertebrates, including a butterfly and shell collection, nati
  17. 17

    Ghent university museum

    The gent university museum (GUM) opened on 23 oktober 2020 and collections of multiple smaller museums that existed before. It has collections related to all university activities including zoology, morphology, science, history, medicine, history and ethnographicism. It is located next to the "botan
  18. Groot Begijnhof Sint-Elisabeth18

    Groot Begijnhof Sint-Elisabeth

    The Great Beguinage of St. Elizabeth is a testimony to the beguine movement in a setting of tranquility.
  19. Etnografische verzamelingen van de Universiteit Gent19

    Etnografische verzamelingen van de Universiteit Gent

    The Ethnographic Collections of UGent (EVUG) is the oldest ethnographic collection in Flanders. The first objects came from Java (Indonesia) and were acquired in 1825. The permanent display includes some 350 objects from Africa, Oceania, Indonesia and the Americas.
  20. Museum voor Stenen Voorwerpen20

    Museum voor Stenen Voorwerpen

    The Museum of Stone Objects is located in the old St. Bavo's Abbey from the 7th century. The museum displays a collection of stone sculptures, taken from disappeared or restored Ghent buildings.

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