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Musée d'Histoire et d'Archéologie

Museum (AVESNES-SUR-HELPE)

  • Inspected and accredited by the French museum department (Service des Musées de France)

The museum is housed in the same building as the library: the Villien institute, a 19th-century Louis XIII-style residence, named after the generous local general who donated it to the commune. Visits must be arranged by appointment, except on European Heritage open days. Archeology and history buffs will find a real Aladdin's cave of treasures here, exhibited by theme in different rooms: An authentic collection of Gallo-Roman, Merovingian and Medieval objects garnered from excavations in the region, sculptures (14th- 18th century), the illuminated manuscripts of Liessies Abbey, watercolours from the Albums de Croÿ sketchbooks and a whole host of beautiful items forming part of local history. Some inventoried items are loaned out to be displayed in beautiful themed exhibitions. If you'd like to visit, don't hesitate to get in touch with the curator, who'll be delighted to show you round and share his knowledge with you.