Welcome in Mariemont!
This is a concise version of our French website
Mariemont is an exceptional place for a dialogue between art, culture and nature, with unique collections evoking the Orient and the Occident, the past and the present, fauna and flora.
Mariemont is, among other things: a 45 hectare park in the style of an English landscape garden, one of the most beautiful arboretums in Belgium; the ruins of Charles of Lorraine’s palace; the museum, a major work by the architect Bastin; the “Bourgeois de Calais”, by Rodin; the most beautiful collection of Tournai porcelains in the world; hundreds of works from Egypt, Greece and Rome; the monumental statue of Cleopatra (five tonnes); frescoes from the villa of Boscoreale (Pompeii); the Ares from the Somzée collection and numerous others masterpieces of Classical Antiquity; the most complete collection of Chinese antiquities in Belgium; a tea house and numerous collections from Japan, Korea and Vietnam; archaeological and historical collections covering everything about the region; extremely rare manuscripts and handwritten documents, thousands of precious books; a research library with 100,000 volumes; and many other treasures.
New exhibition (20th March - 29th September 2013)
The Buddha is back
After a long restauration the Amida Buddha, brought back by Raoul Warocqué from his journey in the Far East, has been replaced at his former place in the park of Mariemont.
This website is dedicated to presenting the excavation and study of the cargo of the Cirebon wreck, a merchant ship which sank in the Java Sea at the turn of the first millennium. The Cirebon is currently thought to be one of the oldest wrecks in the area next to those of Belitung (ca. 826) and Intan (second quarter of the 10th century). The Mariemont Royal Museum was chosen by COSMIX as depository of all of the excavation data and thus became the only place in the world where the cohesion of the wreck will be preserved. Discover this website.