Museum Dr GuislainCurrently Closed
- Address: Jozef Guislainstraat 43, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: 329-2163595
- Ticket Price: 8 EUR
- Tags: Art Gallery, Museums, History Museums, Photo Gallery, Specialty Museums
This is not the most standard of visits Belgium’s oldest psychiatric hospital. And while you might be thinking of creepy hauntings or stuff, the museum’s actually got decent exhibits on: a comprehensive history of psychiatry, acatalogue of photographs of the mentally-ill dating dating back to 1860, and a collection of outsider and brut art including works by the mentally disabled.
There’s a lovely computer module that actually lets you carry out some of the tests you’ll learn about. The whole experience is fascinating. Fun fact: the man after whom the museum is names is one of the first to define and defend the rights of the mentally ill.
- A wheelchair can be provided upon request.
- There is a separate toilet for people with a disability.
- Assistance dogs are allowed in the museum.
- The front of the car park offers space for people with a disability.
- Free for age under 12 years.
- EUR 1 for age between 13 to 21 years and EUR 3 for age between 22 to 25 years.
- Train: Ghent Sint-Pieters Station.
- Tram 1 (direction 'Evergem'), Guislainstraat-stop.
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49.47% of people who visit Ghent include Museum Dr Guislain in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
48% of people start their Museum Dr Guislain visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Museum Dr Guislain
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We went back for an extra day to Ghent just for this place and it was absolutely worth it. It was definitely a highlight of our trip! We saw the temporary exhibition 'Sensations' which was really captivating and interesting, with many different pieces of contemporary art all relating to the theme somehow. They also have an art gallery with an amazing collection of outsider art/ art brut pieces created by non-conventional artists. This was probably my favourite part as seeing these pieces provoked many raw emotions. It really is an impressive collection. There is also a permanent exhibition about the history of psychiatry - in my opinion a really comprehensive one, showcasing very well how different societies and cultures over history have viewed mental illness, the place of mentally ill people in society and their treatment. The items are beautifully showcased and i especially loved the texts - short, interesting, to the point, very respectful but in the same time with an intelligent sense of humor. The building itself used to function as a mental hospital which makes it all the more interesting. The museum itself is a bit more outside of the city center but easily accessible by tram (10 min ride) and i think it's a must see. I could have spent all day there!
Great museum, very well thought out and presented. A lot of people write about the history of psychiatry exhibition, but I want to say that the art collection was also really great! 5* for sure!
If your in Gent visiting museum's and your interested in the history of medical examinations and techniques used by doctors on mentally ill patients in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Then pop along and see some of the gruesome technique's used.
They always seem to have interesting exhibitions beside the permanent one. It's a bit far from the city center, but definitively worth to visit as it still works as a mental hospital. The exhibitions have clear information in English and several other languages, making it perfect for tourists as well.
Interesting museum for the history of psychiatrie. There is also an art exhibition that is worth visiting. It is nice to imagine the life in those old walls back in the day.