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Click on the image to visit the web site of the Saint Waudru Church (In French only)


Click on the image to visit the web site of the Mundaneum

The city of Mons is home to several interesting museums. A few highlights :

1. The Mundaneum.
This is the center for files and documentation of the French-speaking community of Belgium. On display are numerous billboards, postcards, newspapers as well as a collection about anarchy, feminism and peace. A large part of the documents are available on computer screens.

Rue de Nimy, 76 - 7000 Mons
Information : +32 (0)65/ 31.53.43
Internet: www.mundaneum.be
Open from tuesday till sunday from 12 a.m. till 6 p.m. (Fridays until 20 p.m)

2. Treasure of the Sainte Waudru Church.

In the old  chapter room of the church several art objects belonging to the church can be seen : manuscripts, silver and gold work from the 12th until the 19th century, alabaster statues by the famous Renaissance sculptor Jacques Du Broeucq, and, last but not least, the famous "Car d'or" (golden wagon) of the Mons procession.

Place du Chapitre - 7000 Mons
Information: +32 (0)65/ 33.55.80 or +32 (0)65/87.57.75
Internet: www.waudru.be
Open daily (except on Mondays) from 1.30 a.m. till 6 p.m. (Sundays : 5 p.m.) from 1 March till 30 November.


3. The Museum of Fine Arts.

The original museum was built in 1908, and later adapted in 1970 by architect Ernest Vandestrate. The collections represents the different painting, etching and sculpture schools of Mons and the province of Hainaut during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Rue Neuve, 8 - 7000 Mons
Information: +32 (0)65 / 40.53.06 or 40.53.08
Open from Tuesday till Saturday from 12 a.m. till 6 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m.

4. Museum of Natural History.

This is one of the most beautiful natural history museums in Belgium. A rich collection of animals and plants, both from Belgium. Europe and other continents is on display. One of the more peculiar collection items is the skeleton of Julius Koch, a.k.a Constantin the giant, who measured a total of 2 m 56.

Rue des Gaillers, 7 - 7000 Mons
Information: +32 (0)65/ 40.11.40
Open from Monday till Friday from 8.30 a.m. till 12 a.m. and from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m.. Closed on bank holidays. Entrance is free.


5. Museum of Folklore and Life in Mons.

The old infirmary of the "Filles de Notre-Dame" convent (1636) houses now a collection focusing on the different aspects of life in the Mons area : public assistance, popular devotion, weights, measurements, etc...A special focus lies on the typical Mons celebrations and processions such as the "Lumecon" battle and the Procession of the Golden Wagon.

Rue Neuve - 7000 Mons
Information: +32 (0)65/ 31.43.57
Open from Tuesday till Saturday from 12 a.m. till 6 p.m. , Sundays from 10 a.m. till 12 a.m. and from 2 p.m. till 6 p.m.
Entrance :  Ä 2,5 Euro (reductions for groups, seniors and children)


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