The Arthothèque: discover the life of museums backstage

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The Arthothèque reveals the hidden life of no less than 50,000 artworks, their renovations, the way they are stored and protected when not on show to the public.

Nestled in the former chapel of the Ursulines convent, a stunning example of 17th century architecture, the Artothèque is a place of conservation, restoration and study of the Montois heritage. 

This cultural site also works at making the whole of its collection accessible digitally - think high-resolution, 3D, zoom in Minority-report like... A fantastic way to make the whole of its archive (in time!) accessible to all but also give you a glimpse of how museums work.

 Why not take a backstage tour of the site to learn more about the site and the skills in preserving historical masterpieces?

Visitors with specific needs

The Arthotèque 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 02 January to 31 December 2020.
  • The Artothèque is open Thursdays to Sundays, from 10:00 to 16:00.
  • Groups: on request, any day but Mondays
  • Closed on December 25th and January 1st
  • Guided tours: book via  the Tourist Office (+32 (0) 65/40 53 48)
  • Documentation Center: Thursdays-Fridays from 10:00 to 16:00, Tuesdays-Wednesdays by appointment from 09:00 to 17:00 >> +32 (0) 65 40 53 76 or documentation.polemuseal@ville.mons.be


Adults: 6€ Reduced price (list of conditions available by the ticket office: teachers, students, seniors): 4€ Children above 6 years of age: 2€ Free for children under 6. Groups (20 persons max): 50€/group (week time and Saturdays) - 65€ (Sundays and public holidays).

Information on the walk


Minimum duration0:45
Maximum duration1:30



  • Visitor guide for groups


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.