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Huis Van Alijn - Museum, Gent: 8 reviews and 19 photos

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This wonderful museum of social/cultural history or ?Museum of Things that Never Pass? is situated in a group of attractive 14th Century almshouses surrounding a lovely courtyard.

The first few rooms look at subjects such as birth, marriage, education and death in the late 19th/early 20th Centuries exploring the rituals surrounding them and, in particular, the religious attitudes prevalent at the time, the latter touching on such themes as sexuality and the place of women in society. There are detailed information sheets in each room, available in a number of languages, and though the exhibits themselves are not labelled in English this really doesn?t matter as the information sheets give such good background information. The next rooms look at more communal aspects of society such as café culture, sport and entertainment. Exhibits include costumes, toys, household items, musical instruments, photographs and posters plus some very individual objects such as talismans given to pregnant women and nursing Mothers to protect themselves and their children at a time when birth was a dangerous procedure and early infancy a difficult time.

Address: Kraanlei 65
Website: http://www.huisvanalijn.be

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 12, 2007
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