Herge Museum: Dedicated to the Creator of Belgian Cartoon Tintin
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Hergé Museum Dedicated to the Creator of Tintin
The spectacular Herge Museum is dedicated to Hergé, the pen name of Georges Remi, who created Belgium's comic-book hero Tintin. The museum, in the university town of Louvain-la-Neuve, is built in the shape of an elongated prism that seems to float on the forest of ancient trees. Construction began on November 7, 2007 to commemorate Hergé’s 100th birthday. Designed by acclaimed French architect Christian de Portzamparc, the Hergé Museum marks the first public exhibition of the artist’s monumental body of work that, until now, had been sitting in bank vaults and studios.
Along with Hergé’s work, the 3600 m² museum also includes permanent and temporary exhibition areas, a video projection room, a cafeteria, shops, studios storehouses and administrative premises.
Born Georges Rémi, Belgian artist Hergé (1907-1983) created his nom de plume from the French pronunciation of his inverted initials, RG. His most celebrated accomplishment is that of the iconic Tintin, whom he debuted in a 1929 edition of the Catholic publication, Le Petit Vingtième. The curious reporter Tintin and his ever-present fox terrier Snowy were an instant success. Today, 80 years after his debut, 230 million Tintin comic books in over 80 languages have been sold around the world. The iconic hero continues in his popularity with Steven Spielberg's new 3-D Tintin films, the first of which will be released in the United States in December 2011.
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Address: Rue Labrador, 26, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Fax : +32(2)646.14.59
Hours and Admission:Open Tuesday-Friday, 10:30am - 5:30pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Museum is closed on Mondays
*Also closed for the following Belgian holidays: 05/01, 11/01, 12/25, 01/01
General Admission:9.50 EUR
Student: 7 EUR
Children (Ages 7-14): 5 EUR
Groups: Reservation must be made at least four days in advance
How to get there:
Louvain-la-Neuve is easily accessible by train, the station is located in the very center of town. From Brussels, you can get to Louvain-la-Neuve in about 50 minutes. Trains depart every half hour. Roundtrip ticket: 9.60 EUR
**If you are travelling to Louvain-la-Neuve by train, be sure to ask for a ticket to "Louvain-la-Neuve Université" (NOT Louvain or Leuven, which is a different city!)
- Take the train towards Ottignies, a station situated on the Brussels-Ottignies-Namur-Luxembourg line (trains every half hour in both directions).
- Get off at Ottignies station and change trains to continue to Louvain-la-Neuve-Université (about 8 min.)
Some trains go straight from Brussels to Louvain-la-Neuve but take more time (70 minutes)
Timetables are available on the web site of the SNCB, or by phone: +32(2)555.25.25
From Brussels, buses from TEC serve Louvain-la-Neuve, Line Conforto Louvain-la-Neuve - Wavre - Bruxelles (Line C). You can get to Louvain-la-Neuve in about 35 minutes. Buses depart every half hour. Ticket: 3.25 EUR
Leave from: Auderghem - Delta Metro Station
Arrive at: Louvain-la-Neuve - Gare TEC
Timetables are available via TEC website or by phone (+32/10/23.53.53)