It is impossible to disassociate the Museum of Fine Arts, which was re-opened after refurbishment, from Valenciennes and the Nord-Pas de Calais region. A refurbishment which includes, in particular, an entirely new route round the sculpture gallery. The display of new works enriches the collection of works by Carpeaux, a son of Valenciennes. As regards paintings there are the permanent collections of major artists such as Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens, and, of course, Watteau. The painter from Valenciennes is the subject of the grand opening exhibition - "Rêveries Italiennes" - in place until January 2016. Highlight of the event, the display in public, for the first time, The Water Fall, a recently discovered work.