Grand-Hornu

Grand-Hornu, Mons: Hours, Address, Grand-Hornu Reviews: 4/5

Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Situated in the heart of the Hainaut province and recognized as a World Heritage of Humanity site by UNESCO since 2012, the Grand-Hornu is a 19th-century industrial gem. Property of the Province of Hainaut since 1989, this heritage landmark is one of the most important galleries of contemporary art in Belgium today. In addition to showcasing the architectural treasures of the place itself, the teams from CID and MAC's focus their activities on contemporary art, architecture and design.
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Arnaud d
Antwerp, Belgium203 contributions
Amazing site
Dec 2019
Submerge yourself in the early industrial revolution and learn how coal tycoons were securing their workforce with projects that would enhance the quality of work-life balance. Nothing new under the sun. Interesting architectural site with a great restaurant and some regional musea. Depending on the curation you will like or dislike the artwork.
Written January 7, 2020
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Lucy M
Oxford, UK44 contributions
Fascinating for architecture and contemporary art lovers as well as industrial history
Aug 2019 • Family
A fascinating place. High quality modern architecture restoration of 19th century industrial buildings with excellent exhibition of contemporary design and art. Fiona Tan exhibition fascinating - mix of video, installation and display. Very few visitors. Nice looking fancy restaurant.
Written August 21, 2019
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Emilie H
Stockport, UK24 contributions
Summer
Aug 2019 • Couples
I originally suggested to visit because I liked the idea of seeing some Contemporary Art. There is a very large car park to the front of the building. Firstly, the front of house staff were above and beyond excellent. So friendly and informative. As my husband can’t speak French they spoke in English. I had no idea of the coal heritage of Belgium and North France. They explained succinctly, clearly and were nothing but helpful. We paid the 2 euros each to hear the audio guide around the site. The guide was a balanced portrayal and the grounds were incredible. Stunning. The most beautiful ex coal mine I’ve ever visited. There is an on site cafe as well as restaurant located elsewhere on site. We bought our lunch at the cafe. We were very happy with our sandwiches and drinks. Very reasonably priced. We also had paid to visit the Contemporary Art. There were 2 galleries available to view. Our visit lasted just shy of 3 hours. It is a remarkable site. No wonder it has a UNESCO status.
Written August 20, 2019
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Adam Leo
Milan, Italy96 contributions
Great buildings. Inside (museum, caffe) is pleasant
Aug 2019 • Couples
Just 15 minutes drive from the town center. Well-organised site and museum. There are a shop, caffe, restaurant (looks nice), modern design exhibition hall then the museum inside.
Worth a visit if you are interested in Architecture and feel the space.
Written August 15, 2019
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Steeve
Dinant, Belgium3,930 contributions
Must visit!
Apr 2018 • Friends
This is a former coal mine, as there were hundreds in the region at the beginning of the 20th century. It's breathtaking to visit! Most local schools visit this heritage site. Most people in this area of Belgium have visited it. Your visit would be greatly enhanced if you read a novel like Germinal by the French writer Émile Zola before going. Don't think you will be bored here, it is more impressive than you think, especially if you try to imagine that thousands of people have worked here, including children!
Written April 21, 2018
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Wilfried W
Antwerp, Belgium334 contributions
Must see!
Nov 2017 • Friends
Historically important site, lovingly restored and turned into an important museum. Get the guided tour for maximum usefulness.
Written November 5, 2017
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TinaQ
Moscow, Russia1,907 contributions
Quirky art space
Nov 2016 • Couples
The site of the former mine, an industrial heritage site, is combined with modern art and turned into a quirky exhibition space. We enjoyed the visit and the art itself. There were several different exhibitions and we enjoyed most of them. An interesting site to visit. Parking right in front of the main entrance.
Written October 6, 2017
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Ronald B
The Hague, The Netherlands2,262 contributions
So beautiful
Sep 2017 • Couples
This was the third time we visited La Grand Hornu. And again it had a group of beautiful exhibitions. The site is very special and always ads to the exhibitions. Don't miss this place when in Belgium.
Written September 8, 2017
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Maarteke
Bruges, Belgium53 contributions
Stunning combination of modern art with heritage site
Apr 2017 • Couples
Must visit if you are visiting Mons. The modern art exhibitions are always interesting, even for a non-expert as myself. The site itself makes you wonder about the life of all the coal miners and the fall and rise of technologies and industries.
Staff is super friendly. The only thing missing is a good standard exhibition on the origin and evolution of the site.
Written May 31, 2017
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AG1BSON
Thirsk, UK98 contributions
Very high but there is a lift
Jan 2017 • Business
this is fun, the views are impressive even in january. interesting history and well presented. a little pricey.
Written February 1, 2017
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