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4 soleilsMundaneum - The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Archive Centre

Mundaneum - The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Archive Centre
© frederic raevens
Mundaneum - The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Archive Centre
© Mundaneum
Mundaneum - The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Archive Centre
© Mundaneum
Mundaneum - The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Archive Centre
© frederic raevens

The Mundaneum, archive centre and exhibition space is an unmissable cultural spot for discovering Mons, the European Capital of Culture 2015.

Open once again after 2 years of major works.

Digital transformation has become a reality, it is redefining the contours of our society. At a time when the EU is laying the foundations for a unique digital market it is an original venue which questions the origins of this revolution which can be compared to the invention of the printing press in the 15th century.

A bit of history

The origins of the Mundaneum date back to the end of the 19th century. Created from the vision of two Belgian jurists, Paul Otlet, father of documentation, and Henri La Fontaine, who was awarded for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1913, the project aimed to gather together and index all of the world's knowledge.

The Mundaneum became a universal centre of documentation and was the birthplace of international humanist institutions during the first half of the 20th century. Today, it is considered the first search engine in history and is nicknamed "Paper Google".

The Mundaneum today

The Mundaneum holds exhibitions and conferences linked to this exceptional heritage site. It preserves significant documentary heritage, which is comprised of:

  • Universal Bibliographic Repetory, which is inscribed to the UNESCO Memory of the World List.
  • The International Newspaper Museum
  • Personal papers from the founders
  • Archives on anarchy, feminism and pacifism
  • Books, posters, photographs, post cards, etc.

Since 1998, the Archives Centre has had an exhibition space, with a scenography designed by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters. The Mundaneum, a space for memory, exchange and exhibitions, today stands in good stead to become a crossroads between history, culture, technology and the debate on culture.

In practice

Open from Tuesday to Friday, from 1pm to 5pm and from 11am to 6pm at weekends and on public holidays.

Guided tours: €100 for groups; €75 for school groups and associations; €80 for group + video game. Groups are maximum 25 people (065/39 54 80).



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