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Mundaneum - The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Archive Centre
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Rue de Nimy 76
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The Mundaneum, archive centre and exhibition space is an unmissable cultural spot for discovering Mons, the European Capital of Culture 2015.
A bit of history
The origins of the Mundaneum date back to the end of the 19th century. Created from the vision of two Belgian jurists, Paul Otlet, father of documentation, and Henri La Fontaine, who was awarded for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1913, the project aimed to gather together and index all of the world's knowledge.
The Mundaneum became a universal centre of documentation and was the birthplace of international humanist institutions during the first half of the 20th century. Today, it is considered the first search engine in history and is nicknamed "Paper Google".
The Mundaneum today
The Mundaneum holds exhibitions and conferences linked to this exceptional heritage site. It preserves significant documentary heritage, which is comprised of:
- Universal Bibliographic Repetory, which is inscribed to the UNESCO Memory of the World List.
- The International Newspaper Museum
- Personal papers from the founders
- Archives on anarchy, feminism and pacifism
- Books, posters, photographs, post cards, etc.
Since 1998, the Archives Centre has had an exhibition space, with a scenography designed by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters. The Mundaneum, a space for memory, exchange and exhibitions, today stands in good stead to become a crossroads between history, culture, technology and the debate on culture.
Temporary closure of the MundaneumThe Mundaneum is getting ready for Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015! The archives centre will reopen in Spring 2015.
Despite this temporary closure, our activities will continue in other locations. The archives will be partly available from in the Mundaneum's temporary premises, Rue de la Réunion 2, 7000 Mons.
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