Official classification of an attraction in Wallonia - 2 suns
  • Attractions
  • Museum or Interpretation Centre
  • Education to nature

Founded in 1828, Tournai Natural History Museum is the oldest museum in Belgium to be open to the public. Its 19th century neoclassical setting, wonderfully preserved, features rich collections and a vivarium. Its 19th century setting has been wonderfully preserved.

Your visit

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.

The museum also has a splendid greenhouse with exotic butterflies flying around.

Protecting animals

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.


COVID-19 : Recreational/tourist travel to and from Belgium is prohibited from Wednesday 27 January to Monday 1 April 2021. In accordance with the latest Covid-19 restrictions, most museums, tourist attractions and information centres are now closed in Wallonia, and events cancelled. We do our best to keep our information up to date but it's always best to check with the site you wish to visit before heading there - by phone, email, social media or simply a look at their website - to see their latest opening hours and entry conditions. Some will prefer you to book your ticket in advance. Infos
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.

Langue d'accueil



Access for PRM (autodeclared) - Shop - Car parking - Cycle rack - Parking


Pets not allowed


Guide available/groups - German - EN - ES - FR - IT - NL - Audioguide/mobile app/tablet

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