Huis van Alijn is a museum in Ghent, Belgium that showcases the everyday life of people in the 20th century. The museum is housed in the former Children of Alijn Hospital, an old almshouse that was founded in 1363 by the Rijm family as a peace offering after a deadly feud with the Alijn family. The museum has a collection of objects, photos, documents, films and sound recordings that illustrate various aspects of culture and society.
The ticket price for the Huis van Alijn is 8 euros for adults, 6 euros for seniors and students, and free for children under 18. There are also discounts for groups and holders of certain cards.
The Huis van Alijn is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 17:00. It is closed on Mondays and some public holidays.
To get to the Huis van Alijn, you can take public transport (bus or tram) to Korenmarkt or Gravensteen, and then walk for about 5 minutes along the Kraanlei street. You can also park your car at one of the nearby parking lots (Vrijdagmarkt, Sint-Michiels or Ramen) and walk from there.
At the Huis van Alijn, you can see various exhibitions that explore different themes and periods of history, such as childhood, rituals, holidays, work, leisure, fashion and media. You can also enjoy the beautiful courtyard and the Gothic chapel that date back to the 16th century. The museum also hosts events and activities throughout the year, such as workshops, concerts, lectures and festivals.
Some tips for visiting the Huis van Alijn are:
- You can download the museum app on your smartphone or tablet to get more information and stories about the exhibits.
- You can also rent an audio guide at the reception for 2 euros.
- You can buy souvenirs and books at the museum shop or have a drink at the museum café.
- You can take photos and videos inside the museum, but without flash or tripod.
The Huis van Alijn offers guided tours for groups of up to 15 people. You can choose from different themes and languages. The tours last about an hour and cost 75 euros per group (plus admission fee). You need to book your tour at least three weeks in advance.
The Huis van Alijn has some prohibitions that you need to respect during your visit. You are not allowed to:
- Touch the objects on display or move them around.
- Smoke or eat inside the museum.
- Bring pets (except guide dogs) or large bags into the museum.
- Make noise or disturb other visitors.