On 06 June 2013 at 16:00
Past, Present and Future of the Royal Museum of Mariemont
Dr. Marie-Cécile Bruwier
Bequeathed in 1920 to the Belgian State by Raoul Warocqué, industrialist, collector, and maecenas, the Royal Museum of Mariemont pursues the spirit of his Donator through the preservation, the expansion and the exhibition of its collections.
One of its kind, the Museum emphasizes its role as a bridge between World Cultures of the Past and the Present, and faces numerous challenges to manage together the hugest arboretum of Wallonia (2,000+ species) and above 100,000 artifacts, guessing 25-45,000 visitors and proposing 5-8 temporary exhibitions per year.
Recent bequeaths and donations from private collectors and acquisitions are expanding the scope of the Museum with pre-Columbian, Egyptian and Far-East masterpieces.
As a scientific institution of the French Community of Belgium, the Museum leads researches, issues publications, conducts field archaeological works, and provides educational programs for the largest public (adults, schools, disabled people …).