The Mundaneum is an exceptional archive centre and exhibition space in Mons, known to hold 12 million bibliographic records. Le Monde describes it as the Paper Google and the New York Times as The Web Time Forgot.
Listed by Unesco as exceptional heritage, the Mundaneum stores so many documents they would create a 6 km long line if put side by side... This off the beaten path gem in Wallonia can be compared to the invention of the printing press in the 15th century.
The Centre received the "European Culture Award" in 2016 for helping a shared vision: peace through culture. At the edge of this digital revolution, the Mundaneum offers a fantastic playground bringing together information and digital literacy. It is considered the ancestor of our modern web search engines. It partnered with Google in 2012.
A bit of history
The Mundaneum today
- Universal Bibliographic Repertory, 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.
Visitors with specific needs
Please click here to see the list of facilities and activities accessible to visitors with reduced mobility. Wallonia has developed the Access-i program to give travellers a clear understanding of what the infrastructures offer.
Please note, on this site:
- If you are blind or visually impaired: holding rails, appropriate toilets, lifts
- If you are deaf or hard of hearing: video in sign language
- Wednesdays to Fridays: from 1 to 5 pm
- Weekends: from 11 am to 5 pm
- Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, December 24-25th and 31st, Janauray 1t
- Closed for the Mons Ducasse
- Access to the reading room on request (please ask in advance) Mondays to Fridays, from 9 am to noon and 1 to 4.30 pm.
Guided tours possible - please book in advance.
Information on the walk
- Educational service
- Visitor guide for groups
- Access for PRM (autodeclared)