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Group visit with guide

Guided tour
Would you like to discover the GUM in a group with a guide? That's possible! A guide will take your group in tow and together you will delve into the GUM’s challenging and surprising story. What do a Senufo sculpture from Ivory Coast and the 19th century Hipp chronoscope have in common? What is so special about Burggraeve’s anatomical preparations? In what way did Jan Palfijn differ from his colleagues who also designed obstetrical forceps? Are there multiple ‘truths’?

GUM Tour

Stroll past hundreds of objects taken from the university’s unique scientific collections, and immerse yourself in the beautiful selected highlights from the fields of medicine to ethnography, from biology to archaeology, from engineering to linguistics. The guided visit will provide you with new insights into the scientific mind and the scholarly approach, and will make you think… and at time make you doubt.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours

  • Group: At this time groups can have a maximum of 15 pupils.

  • Price: €85 + entrance fee

  • Please make a reservation at least a month in advance.

Would you like to combine your tour with a visit to the temporary exhibition? Let us know when you make your reservation. The guide first takes you into the permanent exhibition. Afterwards you will explore the temporary exhibition together with the guide.

Botanical Garden Tours

Guided through the garden

During this tour, you can wander away from the paths. This may be the first time you really get to know the Botanical Garden! We will amaze you with trees and plants of all sizes and ages, beautiful and strange pollination stories and striking scents. A tour of the Botanical Garden will open up the whole world: you will travel from one continent to another, from the Japanese cherry tree to the Umbellaria californica.

  • Duration: 2 hours

  • Group: At this time groups can have a maximum of 15 pupils.

  • Price: €85

  • Please make a reservation at least a month in advance.

Fascinating plants

Giant water lilies, bizarre inflorescences, ingenious insect traps and strange fruits... you'll find them all in the Botanical Garden. During this walk, we will discover the most fascinating plants and facts. Open your eyes and ears to the wonderful world of plants!

  • Duration: 2 hours

  • Group: At this time groups can have a maximum of 15 pupils.

  • Price: €85

  • Please make a reservation at least a month in advance.

Plants as medicine: a scientific approach

The healing properties of plants have inspired people for centuries. The way medicines are developed has changed since people first managed to isolate active molecules from plants. Scientists investigate which plant molecules are useful. Sometimes they can chemically modify the molecules to make the medicines easier for the body to tolerate or absorb. During this tour, you will discover how scientists use plants in medicine and the importance of scientific research in the use of plants as medicines.

  • Duration: 2 hours

  • Group: At this time groups can have a maximum of 15 pupils.

  • Price: €85

  • Please make a reservation at least a month in advance.

Spices

Herbs and spices are indispensable in the kitchen. Many prepared products such as sweets, baked goods and even beer are heavily 'spiced'. But we hardly even know what the plants that produce most spices look like. And what we buy in the store is sometimes the result of complicated processing of specific parts of the plant. During this tour, we will mainly discover which part of the plant the spices come from and how the product that we use is made.

  • Duration: 2 hours

  • Group: At this time groups can have a maximum of 15 pupils.

  • Price: €85

  • Please make a reservation at least a month in advance.

Flora in art

During this tour, you will find out how artists have been inspired by plants over the centuries. You will discover the plants and flowers in the garden that can be found in works of art. They are not always depicted very faithfully. Sometimes they are loaded with symbolism or have a very personal meaning. We will flit from Matisse and Van Eyck to the lesser-known Osias Beert and the acanthus leaves of the Corinthian columns.

  • Duration: 2 hours

  • Group: At this time groups can have a maximum of 15 pupils.

  • Price: €85

  • Please make a reservation at least a month in advance.

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