STAM - Ghent City Museum


in short

STAM provides the perfect introduction to Ghent. The museum on the Bijloke is the gateway to the city.
Entry of STAM
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STAM - Ghent City Museum

in detail

The story of ghent

STAM is the ideal starting point for a visit to Ghent, a city of all times. Here you will find out exactly what it is that makes Ghent the city it is today. STAM then sends you off into the city to see it all 'in the flesh' with your own eyes.
STAM illustrates the story of the city by means of more than 300 breathtaking collection pieces and interactive multimedia in a historical setting with a contemporary twist - just like Ghent in fact! Ghent’s many layers become legible in a journey through time. That journey begins in the past with the growth and burgeoning of the medieval city. It leads through centuries of history to the modern-day city of knowledge and culture, and at the end of the trail STAM looks ahead to the future of Ghent.

An extraordinary place close to the city centre

STAM is located in the magnificent fourteenth-century Bijloke
Abbey. This complex of buildings is well worth a visit in its own
right. The Bijloke site, a green haven of culture on the banks of
the River Leie (Lys), is a pleasant one-kilometre from the centre.
Whether you walk or cycle, or travel by tram or boat, you’ll be
here in no time!
STAM - Ghent City Museum
Ghent is a city of all times and the same applies to STAM's infrastructure, which is itself part of the story STAM tells. Your visit begins in the contemporary surroundings of the new building. You then follow the permanent circuit through the ancient abbey. The convent hosts temporary exhibitions and the like.

The magnificent abbey and convent buildings on the Bijloke site are worth a visit in their own right. The abbey boasts one of the most beautiful refectories in Western Europe, decorated with fine pre-Van Eyckian wall paintings. The ambulatory, the dormitory, the abbey church, the enclosed garden and the adjacent seventeenth-century convent add to the beauty of this extraordinary patrimony which has been restored.

A broad path has been laid out from Ghent’s inner ring-road past the museum’s fine garden and pond to STAM. The new and contemporary reception building is the entrance to the Bijloke site and in a certain sense to the whole city, since it also includes an information centre on cultural tourism in Ghent.
Individual: 6,00 EUR, Reductions: 4;50 EUR (groups of 15 or more, over-55s), 19-25 years: 1,00 EUR, Under-19s: free
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Visitor entrance

STAM - Ghent City Museum
Godshuizenlaan 2
9000 Ghent
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Opening Times

10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
Closed on Mondays and on December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st - The exhibition portal for Europe