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Children's lounge

At the entrance of the museum, a space is dedicated to children. It allows you to discover different aspects of contemporary art in an active and fun way through a theme chosen by the cultural team. This changes several times a year and can have a very direct or rather weak relationship with the current exhibition. The living room is designed to encourage associations and overlapping ideas, to stimulate children’s creativity, imagination, intelligence, curiosity and critical thinking. It is adjacent to a safe garden that is equipped for the little ones.

The Kidskit is designed in such a way that the child can independently approach the works offered at MACS. This is open to children from the age of three and creates links between the child and work while it interacts with those around them. The Kidskit is at the same time, a stool, desk or screen, and contains the Youth guide, measuring instruments, different color charts and an amount of small material to improve the visit to the exhibition!

MACS – Museum of Contemporary Arts of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation


The MACS, located on the former mine site of Grand-Hornu, high place of European industrial heritage, is classified as World Heritage since 2012. Since its opening, the museum has welcomed nearly a million visitors, produced over 75 exhibitions and promoted many artists from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

Thanks to the great international artists who, like Anish Kapoor, Christian Boltanski, Giuseppe Penone and Tony Oursler, have set up their first major exhibition in Belgium, the MACS now enjoys a reputation that goes far beyond our borders.

LPeople with specific needs

Concerned to be everyone’s museum, MACS develops a humanist policy with the help of specialized associations that guide it in its approach. For example, a specific mediation approach has been developed for blind and partially sighted people. It is based on specific material tools such as models, thermoforms, musical fragments, Braille lyrics and the sensitive commentary of the guide accompanying the group. The museum also organizes guided tours adapted for the mentally handicapped.


Immerse your students for a visit to contemporary art. The MACS cultural services team researches, invents and implements the most appropriate forms of mediation for each new exhibition. Don’t forget that the museum is free to the school crowd every 1st Wednesday of the month.


Are you looking for an original and special place for organising a conference, team building, working day …? The Grand-Hornu is for you! Former mining site classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage of Humanity, now converted into a place entirely dedicated to contemporary creation, Le Grand-Hornu offers many formulas with or without an exhibition visit. On site you also benefit from a restaurant, a park of more than 4 hectares and a large parking lot.

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The MACS invites you to take a dip in contemporary art, in the heart of the historic site of Grand-Hornu, classified as a World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Discover all our offers for groups and book your visit.

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Practical information

MACS – Museum of Contemporary Arts of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation

Rue Sainte-Louise 82
7301 Hornu

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