Open depot: light collection

From 1 February to 22 July 2018

MIAT offers a never-before-seen glimpse behind the scenes of the museum. Find out more and discover a few of the wonders in our light collection.
Collection staff member Michel Delabarre and collector Antoon Devogelaere have selected their most striking, beautiful or extraordinary pieces. In addition, we shed light on this collection’s wealth of posters, advertisements, brochures, product catalogues and commercials.
Come and let the collection amaze you, and with a bit of luck, you will see our collection staff at work. In this way, we’re happy to lend insight into their fascinating catalogue work. An important task in any museum, which you don’t often get to see.

Have you got a passion for light, as well, and do you wish to share your knowledge with us? Would you like more information about the collection, or have you got specific questions about a piece in the collection?
Let us know, at miatfactory@stad.gent or 09 269 42 15

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 9 – 5 o’clock | Sat – Sun: 10 – 6 o’clock
Weekends, holidays and school holidays: 10 – 6 o’clock
Closed Wednesdays




Here you experience the consequences of industrialization. Felix, Aline and Monica come from a large family. They guide you through the exhibition and talk about the turbulent changes which took place in this period. Think of the introduction of paid holiday, the advent of leisure and increased consumption. Take a look inside their house, go with them to the doctor’s and follow them at work. Film clips and listening stations bring history back to life.

Cotton noise

Ghent was once the noisiest of the Flemish textile towns. The MIAT traces the production process from cotton plant to finished cotton product.  The machines make a terrible racket! Discover, too, the many characteristics of plants for fibres, including flax, cotton, silk and mohair. As well as natural raw materials, there are also high-tech textiles, which provide firemen, surgeons, polar explorers and the like with the protective clothing they need.

Demonstrations of the textile machines are given at the following times:  

Mondays 9.30 to 12 am - 12.30 to 3 pm
Tuesdays 9.30 to 12 am - 12.30 tot 4 pm
Wednesdays closed
Thursdays 9.30 to 12 am - 12.30 tot 3.30 pm
Fridays 9.30 to 12 am - 12.30 tot 3 pm
Saturdays 2 to 4 pm
Sundays 10 am to 1 pm

Like to know more?

Join a guided tour and find out more. You can book using the reservation form online, by emailing boekjebezoek@stad.gent or by phoning 09 210 10 75.