The Historic Site of Grand Hornu: when industrial archeology meets with innovation

  • Come visit the historical site of Grand Hornu, A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012
  • The historical site, Grand Hornu: A temporary exhibition of Industrial Archeology
  • The historical site, Grand Hornu: A temporary exhibition of Industrial Archeolog
  • The historical site, Grand Hornu: A temporary exhibition of Industrial Archeolog
  • Monument
  • Architectural heritage
  • Industrial heritage
  • Museum & discovery

Take a former coal mine, get it listed by UNESCO as World Heritage and you get the CID of the Grand Hornu, an innovation and design centre, which also features temporary exhibitions on design, applied art and contemporary art.

The site is ideally located: 15 km from Mons and within easy reach of France (35 km from Valenciennes).

From the industrial revolution to innovation

The Grand-Hornu, built in a neoclassical style, included workshops, administrative offices and lodgings for administrators. Now a property of the province of Hainaut, the site makes the link between the memory of times past and 21st century by sheltering the CID (Innovation and Design Centre) and the MAC (Museum of contemporary art, opened in 2002).

The CID present 3 to 5 exhibitions a year: monographic or themed, putting forward Belgian and international artists. The site also organises tours and visits adapted to a wide range of audiences: schools, seniors, families and more.

Visitors with specific needs

The Grand Hornu is one of the many sites certified by Access-i (meaning with facilities or/activities adapted to travellers with specific needs). You will find more details on the website to plan your visit.



From 01 January to 31 December 2018.

Solo tours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 6 pm

Free guided tours:

  • Tuesdays to Fridays at 3.30 pm
  • Saturdays at 11 am and 3.30 pm
  • Sundays at 3 pm and 4.30 pm



from € 5 to € 8
from € 0 to € 2
Free fisrt month's sunday
Free for children under 6. Free for children the first Wednesday of the month, free for visitors the first Sunday of the month. Groups (25 persons min.): 5€/person + fee for the guided tour. Week days: 50€ for the visit only, 75€ for the visit + the exhibition. Weekends: 60€ for the visit only, 90€ for the visit + the exhibition.

Information on the walk


Minimum duration1:00



  • Indoor catering
  • Audioguide
  • Educational service
  • Visitor guide for groups


  • Cafe
  • Daylight
  • Shop
  • Training materials on request
  • Training materials provided
  • Car parking
  • Parking
  • Restaurant


    Pets not allowed


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    Additional information

    Parking busYes
    Secure ParkingYes
    The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.