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Professional Visits: Ghent

Discover 5 professional visits in Ghent

Published onMay 23, 2024
Professional Visits: Ghent
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There are 5 professional visits offered in Ghent. It is possible to create your own schedule and combine a visit in the morning with a visit in the afternoon.

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Morning

Afternoon

Ghent | Amsab-ISG & VIERNULVIER

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Time: 10am - 12am

Length of visit: 2 hours

What to expect

On this visit, you get the chance to visit 2 cultural organisations that are a stone's throw from each other. Amsab-ISG and Viernulvier are not only close to each other, but also work very closely together. Amsab-ISG is the memory of social movements and individuals resisting injustice and inequality. In their pursuit of equality, sustainability and a better quality of life, themes such as labour, environment, migration, gender, human rights and global justice are central. Amsab-ISG's core mission is to preserve, protect and maximise access to the heritage generated in the process. Based on that mission, Amsab-ISG preserves the archives of Arts Centre VIERNULVIER and its historical predecessor Feestlokaal Vooruit. You will get a look behind the scenes of an archival institution to find out how archives are preserved and made accessible. Then you cross the street and visit Arts Centre VIERNULVIER in the former Feestlokaal itself. The building is an architectural gem, built in 1913 as a Feestpaleis for the Ghent labour movement, with a ballroom, restaurant, cinema, theatre, gymnasium, etc. You will get an explanation of the current operation of the arts centre and get to know the building. For 90 minutes, a guide will take you through the entire building: from the smallest basement to the highest tower, in short, to places you wouldn't normally visit.

Optional: after the guided tour, you can enjoy The Red Walk along the socialist patrimony in Ghent at your own pace. A booklet will be provided.

How to get there

Meeting point is Amsab-ISG, Bagattenstraat 174, 9000 Ghent

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There are several bicycle parking facilities nearby and two large underground car parks a few hundred meters away. The locations are also easily accessible with public transport.

Accessibility

This visit is not wheelchair accessible.

Luggage

It is possible to deposit your luggage at the visit.


Ghent | Huis van Alijn

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Time: 10am - 11am

Length of visit: 1 hour

What to expect

House of Alijn, the museum of everyday life, invites you to the Outreach Lab. Here, the museum aims to make an impact on people’s health and well-being through different methodologies using cultural heritage. House of Alijn offers you a hands-on learning experience. Get to know the methodology of object handling that focuses on evoking emotions by triggering participants’ curiosity. During this one-hour workshop, we’re moving away from the digital, taking the physical objects in our hands. After the workshop, you’re welcome to visit the expo ‘Ja, santé’ free of charge, where the broad spectrum of health and well-being from the past decades is presented.

How to get there

Kraanlei 65, 9000 Ghent

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Read more on how to get there: https://huisvanalijn.be/en/address-and-accessibility

Accessibility

This visit is not wheelchair accessible.

Luggage

It is possible to deposit your luggage at the visit.


Ghent | Ghent University - Boekentoren (Book Tower)

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Time: 1pm - 3pm

Length of visit:

What to expect

The Booktower, also called Ghent’s fourth tower, is a modernistic masterpiece by Belgian architect Henry van de Velde. It is designed as a university library, housing over three million works, including an internationally renowned heritage collection of books, magazines, architectural plans, maps, posters. This proud symbol of knowledge in the university town is topped by a belvedere which offers a panoramic view of the city.

We will take you on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Booktower Library: from the restored library of Van de Velde’s brightly lit, spacious and modernistic design to the new underground book depository. You will acquire a rare insight into the inner working of the restoration workshop and the scanning studio preserving both the physical objects as digitizing for the future. Our collection experts will tell you about the rich heritage collections and masterpieces. And of course, the highlight is the visit to the belvedere of the Book Tower: 64 m high above Ghent, you get a sublime 360-degree view of the city!

How to get there

Rozier 9, 9000 Gent

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De Booktower is located in the city center between Gent Zuid and Sint-Pietersplein. The building’s entrance is at Rozier 9.

If you arrive by train, take bus 16/ 34 / 70/ 76 towards the city centre from Gent Dampoort train station to the Zuid stop, from there it is about a 15 minutes’ walk. Busses and trams run every day until 1 a.m.

By car: Ghent’s inner city (the area within the ring road) is a low-emission zone since 1 January 2020. Foreign number plates must be registered. Check whether your vehicle is allowed and/or register your vehicle to enter.

Car park: The nearest car park (Zuid underground car park) is underneath Woodrow Wilsonplein and located outside of the LEZ.

Accessibility

This visit is not wheelchair accessible.

Luggage storage

It is possible to store your luggage in a safe space.


Ghent | Museum of Industry

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Time: 1.30pm - 4pm (+ extra time for optional visit to the museum)

Length of visit: 2.5 hours

What to expect

The Museum of Industry offers two workshops: letterpress and screen printing. You choose one workshop and go home with a unique and selfmade souvenir!

  1. Letterpress is an old printing technique where you puzzle letters in mirror writing into a setting hook and then print them with a press. After a short introduction to letterpress, you get to work with lead and wooden letters yourself in the Museum of Industry’s printing workshop. You will go home with (a) postcard(s) featuring your favourite slogan. Interesting fact: the lead and wooden letters are part of the museum collection!

  2. Get to know screen printing! After a short introduction to this carbonless printing technique, you get to work with stencils and tape in the Museum of Industry’s printing workshop. You will then print your creative design on a piece of fabric. The result? Your own unique canvas!

After the workshop, you are welcome to visit the museum for free.

How to get there

Minnemeers 10, 9000 Gent

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Accessibility

This visit is wheelchair accessible.

Luggage storage

It is possible to store your luggage in a safe space.


Ghent | MSK - Restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece

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Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Length of visit: 1 hour

What to expect

The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, also known as the Ghent Altarpiece, is a famous painting by Flemish painters Hubert and Jan van Eyck. Completed in 1432, this altarpiece is one of the most influential works in European art history and is located in St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent.

In October 2020, a thorough restoration by the KIK (Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage) began, revealing stunning results, including original colours and details that had been covered up by centuries of pollution and previous restorations. One of the most striking discoveries was the change in the face of the Lamb, which originally appeared much more expressive than previously visible.

Currently, the third phase of the restoration (the seven upper panels of the open retable) is being conducted by the KIK in a restoration studio at the MSK, Belgium's oldest fine arts museum. Embark on an exclusive guided visit to the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece!

More information via https://www.mskgent.be/en/exhibitions/restoration-ghent-altarpiece.

How to get there

Fernand Scribedreef 1, 9000 Gent

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The guided visit will take place in the restoration studio at the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent. All details of how to get there can be found on the website of the Museum via following link: https://www.mskgent.be/en/visit/plan-your-visit

Accessibility

This visit is wheelchair accessible.

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