The oldest mental asylum in Belgium, which dates back to 1857 is in Jozef Guislainstraat. Today it houses an absolutely fascinating museum.

It was the visionary Dr Guislain who was one of the first to think of mentally ill people as patients with a right to humane treatment. The shame that was felt at the way psychiatric patients had been treated in the past was the impetus for founding the Dr Guislain Museum in Ghent in 1986.

Definitions of normal

Dr Guislain Museum in Ghent aims to break down the many prejudices that still define what is ‘mentally ill’ and what is ‘normal’. Discover the permanent collection and find out about the history of psychiatry, as well as an international collection of outsider art or art brut. The temporary exhibitions are always great too.

Museum café

You can stay and talk about your impressions in the museum café

Online ticketing Dr Guislain Museum

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the number of visitors is limited and it is advisable to book a ticket in advance. Wearing a face mask is mandatory (+12 years).
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