Design Museum Gent – Ghent

Jan Breydelstraat 5, Ghent
Vlaams Gewest, Belgium
Phone: +32 (0)9 267 99 99
closed on: Wednesdays, Christmas & New Year
Museum Type: Decorative arts / Handicraft, Industrial design

The Design Museum Gent is a museum dedicated to applied arts, craft, and design located in the city of Ghent, in the Flemish Region of Belgium.

The museum was founded in 1903 by a local association of industrialists, artisans and art lovers with the aim of establishing a model archive and documentation center focused on furniture, ceramics, decorative metal-works, and textiles.
Due to the rapid growth of its collections, also as a result of the World’s Fair held in Ghent in 1913, in 1922 the museum moved to its current location in the 18th century Hotel de Cormick. A new wing, accommodating the collection of modern and contemporary design, was added in 1992.

LINK In Belgium, the new wing of Design Museum Gent (October 2019)


The museum’s home, the Hotel de Cormick, photo by Wernervc


View of the museum’s interior, photo courtesy of Design Museum Gent


Photo by Steve Silverman

The permanent collection of the Design Museum Gent covers today a wide array of subjects, including European Art Nouveau, French Art Deco, Asian arts & crafts, textile, modern and contemporary Belgian and international (especially Italian) design.

Comprising furniture, glass objects, metal-works, light fixtures, tableware & cookware, ceramics, vehicles, textiles, clothes, jewelry, office equipment, computers, toys, technical drawings, and historical documents, dating from the 18th century to the present, the permanent exhibition of the museum features pieces by many world-famous designers such as Henry van de Velde, Victor Horta, Le Corbusier, Jean Sala, Gaston Eysselinck, Le Corbusier, Hans Hollein, Richard Meier, Aldo Rossi Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass, Michele de Lucchi, Massimo Iosa-Ghini, and Michael Graves, among others.

The  Design Museum Gent also hosts temporary exhibitions, educational programs, talks, and special events, and includes a specialized library.


Art Nouveau gallery, photo Imagaday


Photo by Steve Silverman


Lighting fixture gallery, photo by Eivind Birkedal


Cookware exhibits, photo by Esther Westerveld


Modern and contemporary design exhibits, photo by Cheetah_flicks

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