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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.

Mundaneum, Centre d'archives de la Fédération Wallonie - Bruxelles

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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 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 Repertory
  • 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.

 

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MUNDANEUM ASBL

-50%
on the price of the entry
Validity date: from 01-01-2021 au 31-12-2021
  • Offer valid throughout 2021
  • 3.5€ instead of 7€ per adult, 1€ instead of 2€ per child
  • Valid for 4 persons max per voucher.
  • Cannot be combined with any other ongoing promotion or offer
  • This voucher must be printed and given to the ticket office on arrival
  • If booking online, please contact the site first to know which process to follow to enjoy this promotion

Wallonia has developed the Access-i program to give travellers a clear understanding of what the infrastructures offer. Please click here to see the list of facilities and activities accessible to visitors with reduced mobility.

This museum offers the following facilities:

  • If you are blind or visually impaired: holding rails, appropriate toilets, lifts
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing: video in sign language

This site is not yet Access-I certified: please contact them directly for further details.

Equipement

Access for PRM (autodeclared) - Daylight - Shop - Motor Home parking - Wi-Fi

Visites

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