At the beginning
Since the 16th century, the Domain of Mariemont has had a history full of great figures. Amongst them, one can find the Warocqué family, who settled in the area in 1798. It’s last descendant, Raoul Warocqué, passionate about art, dedicated his fortune to the acquisition of numerous works of art and created most of the museum’s future collections.
The actual building was imagined by Roger Bastin, who gave a large place to luminosity, sobriety and freedom of visit. A 45h wide park schematized in the English style, and a 7000 m2 museum welcome pieces of art assembled with passion by Raoul Warocqué.
Nowadays, the royal Museum of Mariemont, scientific institution of the Wallonia Bruxelles Federation, pursues the goals of its founder by studying, promoting, enriching their collections and opening them to the public.
Treasures of Mariemont
Amongst 100 000 works of art, the royal Museum of Mariemont possesses some great Treasures. Come and discover frescoes from a Boscoreal villa; Greek, Etruscan, Roman or statues made of bronze or marble; a colossal bust of Cleopatra; a smiling Buddha; an authentic Japanese Tea Pavilion; an unequalled collection of Tournai porcelains; archaeological Gallo-roman and Merovingian artefacts; art from the Hainaut and thousands of autographs and precious books.
The park, designed in the 19th century in the English-style, is one of the most beautiful arboretums in Wallonia.
It houses purple beech, cedars, sequoias, ginkgos bilobas, and some exotic, rare and sometimes unique species listed in Europe.
Walking through the park, you’ll find the Bourgeois de Calais from Rodin as well as sculptures from Belgian artists’ such as Jef Lambeaux or Constantin Meunier.
Musée royal de Mariemont
The Domain of Mariemont is also...
- temporary exhibitions of different themes
- lectures and colloquiums
- a public hosting service proposing guided tours
- animations and various activities
- a website and access to our online collections
- a library of nearly 130 000 books and a Book Workshop
- Mariemont’s Circle of Friends
- Ikebana courses
- a shop and an online shop
- a café and restaurant “La Terrasse de Mariemont”
Services for professionals :
- deposits of books and objects in the shop
- possibility to rent an auditorium of 150 seats
- organization of private events
- business hosting
- specialized guided tours...
Admission fee includes permanent collections and temporary exhibitions:
5 € per adult
2,5 € per senior
2 € per student-teacher