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Charleroi Fine Arts Museums (MBA)

The Museum of Fine Arts bears witness to the artistic endeavours of Charleroi and the surrounding area, the Hainaut basin and, more widely, Wallonia as a whole, both past – 19th and 20th centuries – and present. Comprising an extensive array of paintings, sculptures, engravings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, videos and installations, the collection is based on the works of artists who have a link with the area, they were born, lived, worked in this place or took inspiration from there. The Museum is also interested in contemporary artists who, in one way or another, evoke this area and the main social and human issues of our time. The collection thus built up brings together national and international movement in the history of art, including Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Orientalism and Realism as well as Neo- and Post-impressionism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Contemporary Art.

With its new scenography of permanent collections, the Museum exhibits a selection of one hundred and twenty items from among almost three thousand that it manages. Based on three focal areas, Attachment to the earth, Openness to the world and the Universal scope of the word, it is divided into various sections which, following an elementary chronological line, highlight the major stages in History and the History of Art, both local and Belgian, and suggests lines of thought on the position of human beings in society. The artists presented include François-Joseph Navez, Jean-François Portaels, Félicien Rops, James Ensor, Rik Wouters, Anna Boch, Constantin Meunier, Maximilien Luce, Pierre Paulus, Anto Carte, René Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Armand Simon, Alphonse Darville, Gustave Camus, Marc Feulien, Jacques Lennep, Johan Muyle, Philippe Herbet, Michaël Matthys...

As a place of discovery and experimentation, offering an approach to art and artists, to oneself and the world, the Museum has an Educational and Cultural Department which aims to encourage observation, awaken emotions, enhance knowledge and develop a sense of appreciation. To this end, it offers various types of mediation intended for adults, young people and children in a school context and outside school, as well as for the very young, families or vulnerable groups. Guided tours, dynamic visits, theme-based tours and creative workshops, as well as lectures, visits with stories, drama productions and concerts are all means of exchange that constantly promote renewed
access to heritage.

Exhibition rooms
at the Palais des Beaux-Arts
Place du Manège, 1
Entrance in glass extension
6000 Charleroi

Tel. : 00 32 (0)71 861134
Fax : 00 32 (0)71 861133
Educational and Cultural Department
Tel. : 00 32 (0)71 861135 - 36
email : mba@charleroi.be

From Tuesday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Saturdays from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
First Sunday in the month from 12 noon to 6.00 pm
Evening admission upon request
Possibility of an Event in the Museum

On Mondays and Sundays, public holidays, 2 January, Shrove Tuesday, 27 September, 2 November, 26 December, 24 and 31 December from 12.30 pm


Admission free for all
Temporary exhibitions
Standard rate : € 5 (adults)
Reduced rate : € 2.5 (12 to 18 years, senior citizens, groups of 10 or more, people with reduced mobility, residents of the entity of Charleroi, upon presentation of their identity card)
Admission free : Children under 12 years, members of Attractions et Tourisme, MSW, ICOM, Association des agents communaux, FWGT, Article 27, SW, FED+, European Youth, Prof, Culture, UMons card holders.
Admission free (permanent and/or temporary exhibitions) for all on the first Sunday in the month from 12 noon to 6.00 pm

Guided tours upon reservation
FOR GROUPS of 10 to 25
€ 50 : adults during the week
€ 65 : weekends and late-night openings
€ 25 : secondary and higher education classes
Nursery and primary school classes with workshop : € 1.25 per child
Nursery and primary school classes without workshop : free of charge

FOR INDIVIDUALS subject to registration of at least four individual participants on the first Saturday in the month at 11.00 am : € 5 (admission included)

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