The Musée L, a new university museum where scientific collections and art works get together
The university of Louvain’s museum, the Musée L, has opened on November 2017 in Louvain-la-Neuve’s architectural landmark, an exceptional building designed by the architect André Jacqmain. After two and a half years of renovation, University of Louvain has opened Belgium’s very first large-scale university museum, with more than 3830 m. accessible to the general public. Its special features include the dialogues between University of Louvain’s unique artistic and scientific collections, and three laboratories where the public can employ material and technical approaches to explore objects. Museum spaces embody the wish to make the museum a ‘guesthouse’, a welcoming place open to all.
Quiet, a museum ? Not in Louvain-la-Neuve, where the Musée L makes artworks talk to each other : a Buddha next to a medieval Christ, ancient writings alongside calculating machines… The UCL museum, with 32.000 items in its collection, explores some new and unusual encounters that tell us about the world and our humanity. Art works are not the only thing on display: the museum also presents the UCL’s scientific collections. Natural history specimens, archaeological and ethnographic objects and scientific inventions are all on show in 2,600 m² of exhibition space at the heart of a building that is a landmark of modern Belgian architecture. Museum L is not like other museums: it is a place of living dialogue and exciting discovery.
People with specific needs
The museum also facilitates access to spaces and offers visit aids irrespective of age or disability. Therefore, the building and tours are adapted for disabled people.
Place des Sciences, 3