The STAM is the ideal place to start your cultural holiday in Ghent, an unmistakeably contemporary building against a historic backdrop. Ghent is a city of every era, and the same applies to the modern Ghent City Museum: the 14th-century abbey, 17th-century convent and new 21st-century building all form part of the STAM.

The STAM tells the story of Ghent from the Middle Ages to the present day, with imaginative collections and interactive multimedia. The past, present and future of the city are presented in a clear and interesting way: from mediaeval metropolis to city of knowledge and culture.

Walk all over Ghent!

The eye-catcher at Ghent City Museum, the STAM, is a gigantic aerial photograph of Ghent (measuring 300 m2!) that you are allowed to walk all over. Use the multimedia app to see Ghent in detail in four different centuries. ‘Views of Ghent’ shows a view of the city in 1534, maps from 1641 and 1912 and a contemporary aerial photograph.

The STAM, interactive and child-friendly

Visit the museum’s permanent exhibits with an audio guide. Do some building work of your own with the white LEGO towers. Kids aged 9 and over can explore the STAM with the ‘Cuberdanny Quest’, solving puzzles and taking challenges. Why not take a virtual look inside the STAM now? In 2013, the STAM in Ghent was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award.

Quiet spots in the arts quarter of Ghent

Ghent’s ‘arts quarter’ is not only home to impressive historic buildings, but also to quiet green spaces, parks and gardens where you can fully recharge your batteries.

Concert hall in a former hospital

In 1228, the sisters of St Mary’s Hospital consecrated a new hospital here. It had space for 40 beds in the ward, but back then the sick were expected to sleep more than one to a bed. As they say, a problem shared... After the French Revolution, the Bijloke site served successively as a civilian hospital, medical faculty and finally as a music centre with international fame.

The former hospital ward, with magnificent wooden beams in its roof, is now a concert hall where musicians fall in love with the unique acoustics. Come to listen, but don’t forget to look around as well. The entire complex is worth a visit: an unforgettable journey through time to discover what exactly makes Ghent what it is.