The House of Alijn, Ghent

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Visit a museum of things "that never pass" at The House of Alijn, which displays artifacts from everyday life in the 20th century. Walk through exhibits showcasing every aspect of life, from birth to death, including a child's room, a wedding service, and a typical funeral service. Take a self-guided tour, where you'll be able to look through a digital photo album, listen to sound-recordings, and delve into film excerpts. Afterward, consider enjoying a plate of local cheese and Belgian beer served by the museum in its small garden. There is a small admission fee, but you can find discounts for certain groups, including students and those over 55. Photography is allowed, so bring your camera. A visit to The House of Alijn represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Ghent trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • On a rainy Saturday, I was in Ghent and I looked for a museum to visit. The Huis van Alijn came there as a winner and the visit to this museum has certainly not disappointed me. The theme of this museum is the everyday life in the 20th century and that is for many people a feast of recognition. The design is nice done with the calendar year as a red thread through this museum. The Christian holidays of course, but also other events such as birth, marriage, moving, and so on. The museum is housed in a number of houses of God whereby each room dedicated to a particular theme or event. Although the museum itself is very compact, you see pretty much on a short time. It's nice to see things as the very first TV, an old typewriter, advertising for cleaning articles from the years 70 and 80, old covers of Humo, vintage posters, and so on. It's just a small journey through time you own (partly) have experienced, but largely forgotten that that still existed.
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  • This is of course primarily a museum, but both of Ghent as many tourists consider this beautiful courtyard as one of the most enjoyable outdoor cafes of the city! In good weather and with a warm sun is a come and go and find a good place to enjoy tasty local beers and tasty snacks. That we did previously but now in January, when light rain, we were here goose alone! But still beautiful!
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  • This is a very interesting museum for young and old. Nice overview of everything that used to be so recommended.
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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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