Design museum Gent, Ghent

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Experience one of the best Belgian collections of Art Deco and 17th- and 18th-century furnishings art at Design museum Gent. The main attraction is the acclaimed art nouveau exhibit with works by Paul Hankar and Victor Horta. The Hotel de Coninck, built in 1755, is an appropriate location for the vintage furnishings collection with murals, wall-coverings, light fixtures, and furniture from over 200 years ago. While permanent collections tend to be more traditional, many modern art collections are exhibited throughout the museum, showcasing current Belgian designers. Learn how light can be integrated into traditional and non-traditional art forms in a light exhibit. Explore the eco-activist in you by learning how environmental issues can be transformed into art. Finally, admire the old and new glass art from countries throughout Europe. Use our Ghent planning app to arrange your visit to Design museum Gent and other attractions in Ghent.
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  • The exhibition is very well. The building is very beautiful and has generous rooms and can offer this kind of expo without worries. In these times of economy it would be wise to lower the interior temperature.
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  • Visited this museum to see the Hello, Robot exhibition and was thoroughly impressed. They have some really cool stuff including some real robots that move. I would definitely return here again. Partic...  more »
  • The exhibition was fun, without really many new things, but an invitation to pertinent questions about our future. The building itself is worth it, and the bar, in a not entirely waterproof serre (it was raining) in the courtyard is enchanting painted.
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  • Very cool Hello Robot exhibition on the past and present robotics Ai and much more. The future is here. Great price for young people (up to 25)
  • The "Hello, Robot" exposition was very elaborate, perhaps too elaborate and with many ethical questions asked, which makes it less suitable for children. Many innovations are shown of which I did not know of prior to my visit. Next to the main exposition, there is the permanent collection, which is currently being reorganised.
  • Being an industrial designer, I was definitely the target audience for this museum, but I have no doubt any lover of design would enjoy a visit here. There were a surprising number of interactive exhibits, and the textile area was very impressive. Plenty to see for kids and adults—I only wish we had been able to spend more time there.
  • Don't waste €8 on the entry fee. Although big, the items on show are quite lame. Some of the items are literally garbage, while others only figuratively. I think I was only impressed with one or two pieces in the entire museum. Your time will be better spent walking around in the wonderful city of Gent.
  • The amount of design can wow you, but it's not a big collection. Big plus is the interactive part of the museum! Explore all the floors engage with the pieces.

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