Daily life at the House of Alijn museum in Ghent.

Again, Ghent. As I already told you, one of my favorite cities in Belgium. Museums a plenty. – Hurray for me, I love museums. They make me travel back in time. Sort of. – Since I heard a lot of good things about the House of Alijn, I decided to give it a shot and see what’s happening over there.


Here lay wolf irons and shooting guns. Whatever that might be.

No Art with capital A in this museum. What’s on display here is everything everyday life. Toys. Wedding pictures. Clothing. A whole classroom. Domestic electronics. The culture of daily life on display. Mainly from the beginning of the 20th century until now. How Belgian people used to live. – Believe me, I’m glad we took a huge step forward. – How catholicism dominated the majority of life’s crossover points. How people were wedded. How they died. How they got buried after they died. – At least, I hope they died before getting buried. – How they cooked, how they ate, where they shopped. How classes looked like. What they wore. Where they went on holidays. How they spoke. – There’s a pretty cool audio part where you can listen to different dialects. Believe me, there are a lot of them. Not always comprehensible. – You know, the whole shebang of living your life.


I fancy that dress.

Next to the main collection, a museum visit includes a temporary exhibition as well. When I visited, the House of Alijn focused on the ‘Six-days’ in track cycling. Cycling is huge in Belgium and the ‘Six-days’ track cycling in ‘t Kuipke in Ghent is one of the oldest competitions in Belgium. As a matter of fact, it remains the only one of a once extremely popular sport. Not really my cup of tea, but I still admired the bicycles and luckily for me, the collection contained some nice fin-de-siècle posters.

Whoever is interested in daily life, traveling back in time and ordinary beauty is on the right address with a visit to the House of Alijn. Beware, the whole organization seemed a bit chaotic and there’s not always enough background information on hand. Nevertheless, give it a shot if you’re in Ghent and curious about the daily life of Belgian citizens, now and 100 years ago.


Pretty poster.


Different rosaries.


Candy shop Part II.


Detailed speculaas baking mold.


Old pharmacy.


Still in the old pharmacy.


At the barber’s.


Part of a classroom.


Old camera.


Old clothes.


Who’s going to win?

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