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Gaume region museum

Coordinates

rue d?Arlon, 38-40
Virton (Virton)
+32 (0)63/57 03 15
www.musees-gaumais.be
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This local-history museum was founded in 1937 in a seventeenth-century convent, to which a modern wing has been added. Any visit to the Gaume region should start here, with an introduction to the many facets of the region today and though history.
The new wing contains a unique collection of artefacts discovered during archaeological digs throughout the Gaume and covering the period from prehistory to the late mediaeval era.
The museum also contains a gallery fine works of art produced in the region. The tradition of Gaumais painters started in the mid-nineteenth century and is still going strong today. There is also a section covering folklore and religious practices.
The old building also contains an ethnography and crafts display, including reconstructed historic domestic interiors with furniture and utensils.
The magnificent stone fireplace in the convent?s Chapter House transports visitors back through history. The museum is worth a visit just to see the fantastic ancient furniture. The items produced by all sorts of ancient craftsmen are on display here and the museum prides itself on having the most beautiful collection of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Bosch porcelain in Belgium.

Prices: Adults 5 euro - Group (15 persons) and seniors 3 euro - 2 euro Student - Under 12 years free
Guided tours (max 25 people: 30 euros (per week), 40 euros (night), 50 euros (weekends and holidays)
Bus parking: yes, 100m from the reception point.