Natural History Museum and Vivarium in Tournai
Cour d'Honneur de l'Hôtel de Ville
Rue Saint-Martin 52
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The Natural History Museum in Tournai, Belgium, exhibits rich collections and a vivarium in a 19th century setting that has been wonderfully preserved.
The museum is erected in the courtyard of Tournai's city hall. Founded in 1828, it welcomes visitors into a neoclassical setting, one that contributes to recreating its original 19th century ambience. The collections are exhibited in a gallery and a square room, both designed by the Belgian architect Bruno Renard.
The museum section is both modern and instructive. The gallery, which is dedicated to the evolution of the animal world, unveils significant collections from all over the world.
The second room exhibits dioramas of 4 typical natural environments in the Tournaisis region, Belgian and European biotopes, as well as ecosystems that are threatened, such as in Antarctica, the African savannah or even the Sahara desert. The tour of the museum continues with the visit of the vivarium, where live more than 70 species of reptiles, amphibians, fish, and various invertebrates. Member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), the vivarium is actively engaged in safeguard, protection and reproduction programs for endangered species and in making citizens aware of nature preservation.
Prepare your visit
From 1 November to 31 March: Monday-Saturday, 10am-12pm. Monday-Sunday, 2-5pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
From 1 April to 31 October: Monday-Sunday, 10am-5.30pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Timetable alterations and information about when the museum is closed are available here (link in French).
Tills will close 30 minutes before closing time.
Seniors, students and young people from 6 to 18 years €2.10
Groups €2.10 (min. 20 pers)
Free entry on the first Sunday of each month.
Free for children under 6.
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