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The House of Alijn opens to visitors again

14 Dec 2017

On Saturday 16th December, the House of Alijn reopens its doors to the public. The ‘Museum of Daily Life’ has been closed for several months for a complete refurbishment. There is a Christmas Treasure Hunt for children during the holidays: the ideal way to come and discover the revamped museum!

Daily events and special occasions determine the rhythm of our lives. Days become weeks, months become years. The new House of Alijn reveals habits, traditions and rituals that remind us of a recent or more distant past. From your very first baby photos, games of marbles in the playground and the first person to break your heart to annual summer holidays, celebrating your retirement and saying goodbye to a loved one. How we deal with these moments and emotions evolves over time: it is both personal and universal. The museum’s story takes you on a journey through a rich collection of objects, photos, sounds and moving images, showing that everyday life is anything but ordinary.


Children will have a great time in the new museum too. In the Christmas holidays, there is a Christmas Treasure Hunt in the museum where children aged 4 and above can join the little ghosts Hendrik and Poes and find out all about celebrating Christmas, thank you letters and Twelfth Night.


The museum is only partly accessible to wheelchairs, but the multi-sensory presentations have plenty to offer other groups. There are adapted guided tours for people with dementia, blind and partially sighted people, children in special education and people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Practical info:

The House of Alijn
Kraanlei 65 
9000 Gent

Opening hours: weekdays from 9 a.m. to 17 p.m., weekends from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m. Closed on Wednesdays.
Admission: € 6 for adults, free for children up to 19 years of age