The Mundaneum in Mons

The Mundaneum was an institution created in 1910, following an initiative started in 1895 by Belgian lawyers Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine, as part of their work on documentation science. It was aimed at gathering all the world's knowledge and classifying it according to a system they developed called the Universal Decimal Classification.

The Mundaneum had the ambition to gather all the knowledge from all over the world, including all forms (books, writings, iconography, newspapers, magazines, etc.) and transform it into a huge and innovative universal bibliographic repertory. This task was so immeasurable that priorities had to be prioritized and certain topics were given priority.

The Mundaneum is now also known as the internet on paper. It has a collection of about six kilometers information on paper. It contains significant collections such as the International Press Museum and personal notes of 'Paul Otlet' and 'Henri La Fontaine' themselves. Often the Mundaneum is described as the precursor of Google and electronic search.

In 1998, the Mundaneum was recognized as the archives and information center of the Brussels-Wallonia Federation and was transferred to the city of Mons. In 2012, a collaboration was announced between the Mundaneum museum and Google to preserve and protect the collection. The Mundaneum archives were registered in June 2013 on the UNESCO World Heritage List for documents.

You can find the Nundaneum and its museum at this address: Rue de Nimy 76, Mons.

The castle of Ursel

The castle of Ursel, also known as the Hingene Castle, is a castle in the village of Hingene in the Belgian town of Bornem.

The castle was bought by Conrad Schetz in 1608. He made it into a summer residence. Between 1761 and 1765 his great grandson, Duke Charles Ursel, had the castle rebuilt by architect Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni. He gave it its current neoclassical style.

The castle d'Ursel was for more than 350 years the residence of the noble family d'Ursel. From 1973 till 1994 the castle remained uninhabited. Since 1994, the castle and it's grounds is owned by the province of Antwerp which has given it a cultural destination. It is now mostly used for classical concerts and exhibitions. The beautiful garden surrounding the castle is open to the public.

The castle village d'Ursel is located in the picturesque village center of Hingene. You can find it at this address: Wolfgang d'Urselstraat 9, Hingene.

The museum at the stream

The MAS or 'Museum Aan de Stroom', in English 'Museum At the Steam' is a museum and a panoramic viewing point in Antwerp. The MAS museum itself tells an innovative story about the city of Antwerp in the world and the world inside the city of Antwerp. It opened in May 2011 en is is designed by 'Neutelings Riedijk Architects'.

The museum is located in the old harbor district of the city and is built between two old small docks. The land area of the museum building is 1,350 m², on a total area of 14,500 m². The total height of the tower building is 62 meters and is a landmark in the city.

The panoramic view and the spiral boulevard along the glass areas of the building are free to visit, even till late at night, making it a great tourist attraction. In front of the museum there is a square that's great for daytime meetings or just to chatter along, especially on a sunny day.

You can find the MAS museum at this address:  Hanzestedenplaats 1, Antwerp.