Though Ghent’s intriguing folklore museum takes its visitors on a journey through 20th-century life it’s actually located in the only medieval godshuis (almshouse) still standing in the city. The House of Alijn dates back to the 12th century, stands around a neat courtyard garden, and over its long lifetime has functioned as a children’s home and a hospital. Inside the clutch of whitewashed, gabled, and restored cottages are replicas of Ghent weaving and metalwork workshops as well as shop interiors of a sweet shops and a bakery, but the most fascinating rooms are those dating from the 1950s and 1980s—and oh, how dated the '80s decor looks. One long corridor features flickering home movies, mundane in subject but rich in vicarious detail from this story of every-day Belgian folk going about their lives. You might want to end your day’s sightseeing here over a beer in the traditional tavern, 't Cafeetse, beside the River Leie.
Het Huis van Alijn (Alijn House)
Kraanlei 65, Belgium
Our Rating Neighborhood Across the Lieve waterway from Vrijdagmarkt Hours Mon–Tues and Thurs–Fri 9am–5pm; weekends 10am–6pm. The tavern opens at 10:30am and closes with the museum. Closed Dec 24–25 and Dec 31–Jan 1 Phone 09/269-23-50 Prices Admission: museum 6€ adults, 6€ 4.50 seniors, 2€ children 6-18, free for children under 6 Web site Het Huis van Alijn (Alijn House)
MapKraanlei 65 Belgium Ghent
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