Hergé Museum

Hergé Museum, Louvain-la-Neuve: Hours, Address, Hergé Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Hergé Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Just outside of Brusells, continue the celebration of cartoons at the Herge Musee (Herge Museum). The museum is dedicated to the creator of Tintin, following him and his life, including his personal experiences.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Indi Tourists
Rotterdam, The Netherlands43 contributions
Feb 2020
This is the best place to visit for Tintin fans and yet we felt, the entire experience and history of Herge and Tintin could have been told slightly better. We visited on the first Sunday of the month when the visit was free, though we did pick up audio guides. Loved the facilities within the museum and the polite, helpful staff.The travel to the museum though was a little complicated, what with changing trains at Ottignes, where we almost got onto a train for Louvainne. Be careful to get onto the S8 for Louvain - La - Nueve. Takes an hour each way so plan well.
Written February 16, 2020
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Mikael L
Orebro, Sweden26 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Belgium, being cartoonists heaven shows proudly its heritage here and there. So does the futuristic building containing the Hergémuseeum outside Brussels. A short trip by train, a short walk and you are about to see incredible sketches as well as getting to know the highly regarded man behind the images. A significant moment for Tintin-lovers.
Written June 28, 2020
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Miguel G
Rio de Janeiro, RJ132 contributions
Aug 2021
If you are a Tintin / Hergé friend, you must go there. There is no excuse. We were with a car and before joining some friends in Brussels we stopped in Louvain-la-Neuve. As the name suggests, it is not only about Tintin but all of Hergé's works. The gift shop is another stop that you must take. Take your time.
Written August 16, 2021
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Line L
Haderslev, Denmark435 contributions
Feb 2020
Too much reading and too listening and not so much fun and playing. This museum is for adults and not for kids. Hergé made great stories that entertained a lot, but the museum is too serious about his work and life. The best thing is the shop.
Written February 15, 2020
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TransferTraveller
Vejen, Denmark12 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Only 10.80€ from gare de midi for a roundtrip 2nd class.

As a fan of TinTin then this museum is a must and since i was in brussels anyway i did it.

Beware: loch lomond whisky exsist but the cafe doesnt have it.
Written January 26, 2020
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John J
Amsterdam, The Netherlands15 contributions
Let's face it. If you love Tintin, you love him more than anything. You can never lose your love for Hergé's masterpiece. Your love for Tintin is severely tested here though. Hergé's sketches and inked drawings are absolutely pieces of art on the same level as Van Gogh, Rembrandt or Warhol. The museum has exhibits that will blow your mind and you can really see what a master Hergé was.

but, like everything that Moulinsart touch, this experience was mediocre at best. No wonder the museum is losing money.

I was delirious with excitement when approaching the museum. I love Tintin and always have done since being a 4 year old.

You enter Louvain and there are no signposts for the museum. There was one the size of a large stamp about 20 meters from the place. Driving up towards the museum, you notice that there is no parking garage and no signs telling you where to park so you sort of drive around vaguely looking for something.

The building may be beautiful but the use of space and selection of decor is really terrible. You should be entering a Tintin adventure but instead you enter what looks like the lobby of a business hotel.

The audio guides are fiddly and totally amateur ( a modified and badly thought out iPod app ). There is no interaction, no energy and no style to the whole place.

Hergé's drawings are a wonder and totally worth it, but the museum has no soul. There are spelling and grammatical mistakes in the English descriptions. Poor.

Finishing up, you get to visit the boutique which has a selection of overpriced tat and exorbitantly priced ugly t-shirts. Tiny snowy plush toy for 22 euros anyone?

All served by people who haven't managed to learn the art of smiling.

Moulinsart seem to have perfected the art of alienating true Tintin and Hergé fans by presiding over the publication of a litany of boring scholarly books on the subject, producing half-baked models, suing anyone who disagrees with them and just basically being bereft of any meaningful direction for Tintin. This museum is losing money and you can clearly see why.

The restaurant (menu only in French) is just a waste of time. I had forgotten to remortgage my house so wasn't able to buy anything.

So, all in all, well done Mouljnsart for making a truly mediocre experience, absolutely at odds with Hergé's legacy.

What a disappointment.

I suggest that real Tintin fans stay at home and read the Tintin books until someone else takes control of the Tintin empire. Someone who actually understands the spirit of Tintin and is not motivated by making a quick buck.

Written May 3, 2015
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teabag80
Staffordshire102 contributions
Apr 2011
As a major Tintin fan, this newly built museum was a must during my trip to Brussels. I am glad to say it didn't disappoint. The main feature is the audio guide in the form of an i-pod included in the admission price. The guide is well done and contains pictures and extra information on the i-pod screen.
It's not the easiest place to get to from Brussels though due to there being two towns called Louvain on the outskirts of the city! Make sure you head for Louvain-la Neuve! It's about a 55 min journey south from Brussels by train. When we went, we were told by the staff in the Tintin shop in Brussels to ask at the station for a combined train and ticket price which cut the cost considerably. Not sure if this is a permanent deal or just because the museum had a 'Tintin and the Railways' exhibition on at the time. Also, if you arrive before midday, you get a free hot drink with your admission.
A must for any Tintin fan!!
Written April 17, 2011
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AashishTrivedi
Mumbai, India32 contributions
Nov 2014 • Friends
Ever since I was a child, I have read the adventures of this journalist, and his entertaining travails across the length of this world and beyond along with Snowy, Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus, and Nestor the butler. Visiting this museum was a dream.
This dream was finally fulfilled this year. And how! Each and every step in the journey to Louvain-La-Neuve, to the museum, and inside was memorable. I bowed at the entrance as a mark of respect to the great creator of Tintin!
The museum itself is over 3 levels, with the tour starting from the top level. The stuff on display is awemazing to say in the least. Original sketches of Tinitn, a glimpse into the world of Herge - his formative years, his influences, his likes and dislikes, his hobbies, characters other than Tintin and other aspects of his life.
The visit to the souvenir shop made me a child all over again! I went mad looking at everything on display - the books, notepads, key chains, miniature statues, the legendary resin rocket, folders, coasters, pencils, erasers, t-shirts! Even the carry bags are a souvenir in themselves! And I bought a little of everything :)
A walk down the Herge journey laced with oodles of history. It was indeed surreal to be amidst all this. An absolute privilege to visit this museum!
PS - my rating for this attraction is not 5, but 10+ :) since excellence is the closest a human can get to perfection, but this....was metaphysical!
Written November 16, 2014
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Flainard
Randers, Denmark46 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Tintin is fun. Hergé took fun seriously. But this museum doesn't take fun serious. It takes Hergé serious though - too serious. It is a place of silent worshipping of a genius instead of a celebration of the work of a genius. I love Tintin - but here I was bored.
Written July 26, 2017
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Lilikoi77
McLean, VA43 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
The free audio guide was good, without being too long. The museum has a bit about his life and a decent amount on Tintin. I liked that they addressed somewhat the criticisms of his early books (especially in the Congo and in America) as being racist. The museum describes how his friendship with a young Chinese museum got him to start investigating other cultures more seriously and how he was ashamed looking back of his treatment of animals in the early books.
My favorite display showed the evolution of a book page from concept to sketch to colored sketch to final printed page.
The downside is that you are not allowed to take photos anywhere. The gift shop doesn't have a lot of English content that you can't find elsewhere but had some fun souvenirs.
Written May 29, 2016
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Hergé Museum is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


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