The Natural History Museum in Tournai, Belgium, features rich collections and a vivarium. Its 19th century setting has been wonderfully preserved.
The museum is erected in the courtyard of Tournai's city hall. Founded in 1828, it welcomes visitors into a neoclassical setting, recreating its original 19th century atmosphere. The collections are exhibited in a gallery and a square room, both designed by Belgian architect Bruno Renard.
The museum section is both modern and instructive. The gallery, which is dedicated to the evolution of the animal world, unveils significant collections from all over the world.
The second room exhibits dioramas of 4 typical natural environments in the Tournai region, Belgian and European biotopes, as well as ecosystems that are threatened, such as in Antarctica, the African savannah or even the Sahara Desert. The tour of the museum continues with the visit of the vivarium, where live more than 70 species of reptiles, amphibians, fish, and various invertebrates.
Member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), the vivarium is actively engaged in safeguard, protection and reproduction programs for endangered species and in making citizens aware of nature preservation.
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