in Tournai

The Museum of History and Decorative Arts (Porcelain Museum)

Located in an 18th-century building, this museum focuses on the famous Tournai porcelain industry, which reached its height in the 18th and 19th centuries. Porcelain from Tournai is unique because of the aesthetic quality of its adornments (blue, pink or green birds and flowers; silver or gold line along the rim...) and colours (purple, green or cobalt blue camaïeu). The absolute masterpiece of the museum is the service called « aux oiseaux de Buffon », commissioned by the Duke of Orléans.

On the first floor you can admire the work of Tournai goldsmiths and tinsmiths, as well as an important collection of coins minted in Tournai from the 12th to the 17th century for the kings of France and Spain.

Only open under appointment in the Tourist Office of Tournai (only for groups).


The Museum of History and Decorative Arts is only open by appointment. Contact the tourist office (00 32 69 22 20 45).

Price :

  • Adults : 2,1€
  • Children : 1,6€
  • Seniors : 1,6€
  • Groups : 1,6€
  • Article 27 : 1,25€

Spoken languages

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Languages of the visit

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