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Het Havenhuis and North Sea Port exhibition in Ghent open to the public again from October 1st

Published on Wed 22 Sep 2021
Het Havenhuis (the port house) in Ghent will reopen to the public from 1st of October. After being closed for a year and a half, visitors will again be able to visit this beautiful historic building with a guide or drop by to see the North Sea Port exhibition.

Exhibition free to visit

The exhibition on North Sea Port offers the visitor a unique experience. Augmented reality, a scale model and an iPad help bring the port area and the loading and unloading of ships to life before your eyes. Meanwhile, images on a big screen transport the visitor to the 9,100-hectare cross-border port area, which stretches 60 kilometres from Vlissingen, Borsele and Terneuzen in the Netherlands to Ghent in Belgium. No fewer than 100,000 people are employed directly or indirectly by 525 companies in the port area.

The exhibition is free to visit from 11am to 6pm, Wednesday to Saturday.

The same exhibition can also be viewed in the Portal of Flanders in Terneuzen, by the lock complex.

Rich history on Graslei in Ghent

Het Havenhuis (the port house) on Graslei dates back centuries. In 1530, the Guild of the Free Skippers purchased the building on Graslei from the Millers’ Guild. Since then it has had a rich maritime history. In 2011, North Sea Port took over ownership of the building. Following its restoration – which was conducted with respect for its rich history and a focus on multifunctionality and appropriate use – the building was ready for a new future as a port house. It is used to receive national and international companies and guests on behalf of the entire port area of North Sea Port.

Covid measures

The current Covid measures remain in place for visits to the exhibition as well as Het Havenhuis.

Visit the web page about het Havenhuis