Practical information

Opening hours

‘Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution’ runs from 1 February up to and including 30 April 2020 at the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent. The exhibition is open 7 days a week. On Mondays, Fridays and Saturday, the exhibition is open until 11.00 PM.

Monday 9.30 AM – 11.00 PM
Tuesday 9.30 AM – 7.00 PM
Wednesday 9.30 AM – 6.00 PM
Thursday 9.30 AM – 7.00 PM
Friday 9.30 AM –  11.00 PM
Saturday 9.30 AM – 11.00 PM
Sunday 9.30 AM – 7.00 PM

You’ll purchase your tickets for a visit to the museum at a designated time. How long you stay in the exhibition is of course up to you.


A standard ticket costs 25 euros in presale and 28 euros during the exhibition. Several reductions are also applicable. The exhibition works with time slots. You buy your ticket for a visit at a fixed entry time. Of course you can choose how long you stay in the exhibition. Bought tickets can’t be reimbursed or rebooked.

Do you want to visit the exhibition during the weekend? Then buy your ticket in advance just to be safe: the weekend days can sell out quickly.

Check our full range of ticket formula’s.

Tickets with a reduced rate are available for:

  • Residents of Ghent
  • Holders of an UITPAS in the Ghent region, Citycard or museumPASSmuseées.
  • Friends of the MSK
  • 6 to 18 year-olds
  • 19 to 25 year-olds
  • Holders of an UITPAS with opportunity rates in the Ghent region.

Whoever purchases a ticket at a reduced rate must be able to provide the necessary proof of eligibility upon their visit.

Access is free for:

  • Chaperons of school groups and with persons who have a disability.
  • Holders of an ICOM-card that is valid for 2020.
  • Children under the age of 6.

They do not have to buy a ticket in advance. Residents of Ghent do not visit the Van Eyck exhibition free of charge on Sunday morning.

Tourist organisations and tour operators are eligible for 10% discounts. In order to be recognised as a touristic partner, then please contact Peggy Hobbels at

A nice, little bonus

  • During 2020, your ticket is also valid for a discount for a visit to nine Ghent museums: Design Museum of Ghent, De wereld van Kina, Huis van Alijn, Industriemuseum, Museum Dr. Guislain, St Bavo’s Abbey, St Peter’s Abbey, S.M.A.K. and STAM.


For all practical questions about your visit, please call +32 (0)9 210 10 32 (available from Monday through Saturday, between 10.00 and 18.00) or send an email to

For questions about partnerships and corporate events you can contact and telephone +32 (0)9 323 67 80 or +32 (0)9 323 67 62.

Read our house rules here

For every visitor, we want your visit to go as pleasantly as possible. However, we are also a bit particular about our unique collection. As such, there are a few house rules.


Bags that are larger than 12 x 10 x 6 inch, large objects and umbrellas must be checked in the cloakroom before entering the museum. We also advise that you check your jacket as well, but do hold onto your wallet. For small, essential items, a little A4-format carrying bag can be requested at the cloakroom.

For large items such as prams, buggies and folding bicycles, there is, however, no room in our wardrobe area. Travel bags are not allowed in the building. The police shall be notified in the event of finding prohibited items and objects.


Pets are not allowed, with the exception of assistant dogs. See also our page on accessibility.

Prams, buggies, wheelchairs and walkers

Prams and buggies are allowed in the museum, as well as walkers, wheelchairs, walking canes with a soft tip and other helping aids for the physically disabled. However, we are expecting that it can be quite busy, and we are thus advising to leave the pram or buggy home and to opt for a pouch or sling.

Photographing and filming

At the express request of the lenders, photography of the exhibited objects in Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution cannot be allowed. Thank you for your understanding.


Journalists are granted access free of charge with the presentation of a valid press badge. Press photography without flash is allowed with the presentation of a valid press badge. Please register for this at the ticket window.

Filming is only allowed for the press, upon appointment. For this, please contact

Food and Drinks

During your museum visit, you are cordially invited to our museum café Mub’Art. Food and drinks are only allowed there. It is not permitted to bring any food or drink to the hall or in the exhibition spaces.

Smoking is not permitted

Smoking is not allowed in the museum.

Video surveillance and metal detectors

There is video surveillance in the museum. For safety reasons, metal detectors may be used at the entrance of the museum. Pacemakers, hip replacements and so forth can activate a metal detector. Please notify the safety inspector who is performing the control in advance if this is the case.

Free wi-fi

Free wi-fi is available in the museum. Use the network “MSK VIsitors” and password is VanEyckIsHere.

Other house rules

Touching the works of art or the wall display cases is not permitted. Running and yelling is also not allowed.

Safety instructions

  • Bags larger than 12 x 10 x 6 inch are not allowed.
  • Jackets, bags, suitcases are not allowed in the museum halls.
  • Animals are not allowed, only assistance dogs.
  • Taking pictures is not allowed.
  • Eating and drinking is not allowed in the exhibition halls.