GUM (Ghent University Museum)

The GUM (Ghent University Museum) is a science museum located at the centre of the Ghent Botanical Garden, right around the corner from S.M.A.K and MSK Gent.

GUM - Welcome inside the head of the scientist

The GUM is a 'Forum for science, doubt and art'. It is a museum dedicated to science, research and critical thinking, where visitors are invited to discover that science is born out of failure and success, doubt and imagination. The visitor is able to really delve into the scientist’s brain. Which challenges does he/she face? And how does that impact our lives and ways of thinking?

The museum offers insight into the university’s unique scientific collections, ranging from the fields of Biology to Ethnography, and from Medicine to Psychology. A museum you can explore, but which will also make you doubt any preconceived notions.

You can also discover this in the first pop-up exhibition: 'Van Eyck in depth. Friction and harmony through the eye of architects and artists'. You delve into the science behind the art of Jan Van Eyck.

Yes! The GUM will open its doors to the pubic with a completely corona-proof opening month, starting 3 October and concluding 31 October.
Reserve your free visit via www.gum.gent

Special stories and objects

The permanent exhibition allows you to explore seven themes: chaos, doubt, models, measurements, imagination, knowledge and network. By way of these themes, you will get a better understanding of how researchers act and think.

Discover some of the special stories and objects.

Sometimes you have to start with a blank sheet to come up with new insights

The introduction of the GUM in 2020 did not go unnoticed. Ghent University and the GUM (Ghent University Museum) painted Ghent's iconic Graffiti Street completely white together with street artists, turned their profile pictures and online banners blank and simultaneously published an empty book. The activities were an invitation to ‘Dare to Think’, the credo of Ghent University.

Every blank page, every new page, can lead to a new insight. This way, we can move from truth to truth. Everyone can experience this journey in the GUM.

Science is a journey of trial and error, doubt and imagination. The cliché of the brilliant professor or the lone genius? That is nothing but a myth.

Read more about the introduction of the GUM

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