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STAM Ghent City Museum, Ghent

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Give yourself an introduction to the city at STAM Ghent City Museum, located inside a medieval refectory. The museum blends history with modern technology in a permanent multimedia circuit that leads you through the development of the town's society and culture. Follow this exhibit, called "The Story of Ghent," through its chronological presentation across six rooms. There are also themed photo exhibits, "listening benches" equipped with headphones that allow you to sit and listen to stories about Ghent from the voices of celebrities, as well as a gallery dedicated to the future. Guided tours of the museum are primarily for groups, so if you're traveling solo a self-guided tour is your best option. Book a tour of the city by boat, bike, or on foot from the museum. Arrange for a tour guide to meet you with bikes at the museum exit after your tour there. You can also purchase a Citycard Gent at the museum, which will get you discounted entry to almost every major attraction for three days. Use our Ghent vacation route planner to arrange your visit to STAM Ghent City Museum and other attractions in Ghent.
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  • This museum is really modern, complete and fascinating. There is an audio tour that took way longer than excepted, about 2 hours to read, listen and see everything. But Ghent has fascinating history t...  more »
  • The Museum is quite well done. A journey is undertaken with the help of technology, through the history of the city. Partly, the exhibits also in German language are labelled, but with the audio guide (3 euros), you can get much more information. The Museum is housed in a former convent. In the cloister are benches with built-in Hörinseln, where you can not only rest, but can hear some interesting stories about the city.
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  • Great Museum with a good and modern exhibition concept. The audioguide for €3 is worthwhile in any case.
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  • Tells a great story about the history of Ghent with some modern gadgets in the museum. A good price for what you get. I really recommend to come here when you're in Ghent!
  • Great museum, a must see when near. It wasn't entirely translated to English but enough of it was to definitely make it an interesting visit and learn a lot!
  • The building in itself, an old church, is already worth a visit. The museum inside is the perfect way to learn more about beautiful Gent, and how important the city was in the past in Europe. Then have a drink/snack at the cafe and you'll have spent a really nice day 😉
  • Great way to know about Ghent history. I recommend the audio guide. I saw the temporary exposition of Dragons and it wasn't for me, it looked a bit silly. I liked the temporary exhibition about urban environment, too bad that there wasn't any English information.
  • Worth a look, not a lot of information in english. Great cafe

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One of Belgium's main cities, Ghent offers a good variety of places to stay. Because of its proximity to the capital city of Brussels and the city of Bruges, Ghent has fewer options than one might expect for a city of its size. Locals recommend booking a room in advance. The city has options for travelers on any budget, from inexpensive hostels to pricier hotels, with most visitors choosing to stay within the historical center. Prices drop slightly as you move away from the Old Town.
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