International Carnival and Mask Museum

There is no need to go around the world!

The Museum invites you to a captivating journey through the world of festivals and rites through hundreds of masks and costumes.

From Binche’s carnival to European winter festivals, from masked ceremonies in North America to Latin America, from the mysterious customs of Africa to the fascinating traditions of Asia and Oceania, you will discover the universality of the mask, its multiple uses, shapes and materials.

The museum also organizes temporary exhibitions, surprising both by the treated subjects as by the scenography.


The unique International Carnival and Mask Museum, located in one of the most famous carnival cities (UNESCO World Heritage Site), is an ideal place for your excursions. The masked rituals, which seem so impenetrable and mysterious, will no longer have any secrets for you! If you want to organize an exceptional birthday, the museum offers you the opportunity to celebrate this by putting on masks, disguising yourself and blowing out candles in the cafeteria.

Booking of tours (in French, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Spanish) and workshops is mandatory and is done by telephone, fax or e-mail (subject to availability). 0032 (0) 64 33.57.41 – 0032 (0) 64 34.14.30.

LPeople with specific needs

The museum is accessible to the PRM and offers adapted tours for the vulnerable public: hearing impaired, visually impaired and mentally disabled … based on animations, visits that allow to touch masks and adapted workshops and educational activities.

Contact by telephone, fax or e-mail. 0032 (0) 64 33.57.41 – 0032 (0) 64 34.14.30.


Because every child is unique, so will his design! Creative workshops are offered to children from 6 years old. These offer exploration of the mask through different themes (materials, shapes, colors, etc.) that vary depending on the exhibitions. To imagine themselves while listening, live reading workshops are also offered to the toddlers, in order to stimulate their imagination around the masked ritual.


Birthday, seminar, team building, meeting, conference … Looking for a special place to organize your events … think of the Mask Museum! The 18th-century building offers a special charm and borders the municipal park that can offer a pleasant walk. The auditorium on the ground floor of the museum offers 120 seats and is equipped with a stage with a cinema screen and a projector. The canteen can seat 180 people and 50 seats. Formulas that combine seminars, museum visits, entertainment and snacks can be tailor-made.

Contact by telephone, fax or e-mail. 0032 (0) 64 33.57.41 – 0032 (0) 64 34.14.30.

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Practical information

International Carnival and Mask Museum

Rue Saint Moustier 10
7130 Binche

  • Museums to live with family!label marmaille
  • Classification des attractions en Wallonie (2)2 soleils
  • Accessible to people with special needslabel velo
  • Discounts for vulnerable peoplelabel velo