In the intimate and muted atmosphere of 23 exhibition rooms (covering 1,100 square metres), the museum, snuggled in a 17th-Century building, recreates the life of olden times in Tournai and in the surrounding countryside between 1800 and 1950.
A museum of daily life
An authentic lesson about objects, the museum covers everything which would have been involved in the lives of everyone from the cradle to the grave – baptism, school, communion; occupations (clog makers, balotils (hosiers), coopers, harness-makers, plank sawyers, blacksmiths, etc.) militias, marriage and so on. The museum also covers daily life and houses many domestic objects, a large range of fashion from yesteryear, a multitude of societies which notably includes a room devoted to La Royale Compagnie du Cabaret Wallon Tournaisien, art industries (porcelain, rugs, tin items, printing, etc.). It features customs throughout the year such as Carnaval, folkloric corteges…it features games, notably very attractive jeu de fer items that visitors can discover in the tavern.
A copy of the large relief (3D) map ordered by Louis XIV
And to find out everything about what Tournai looked like in Louis XIV’s time, go to the top floor where you will be able to examine a large relief map.
From 1st April till 31st October (summer time)
Open daily from 9.30 to 12.30 am & from 1.30 to 5.30 pm.
From 1st November till 31st March (winter time)
Open daily from 9.30 to 12.00 am & from 2.00 à 5.00 pm.
Tuesday : closed.
Sunday morning (winter time) : closed.
All museums are free on the first Sunday of the month !