Comic Strip Museum
This museum offers two visits in one: an "archaeological" discovery, since it is housed in what used to be the Waucquez warehouse (built by Victor Horta in 1906 to house a wholesale draper?s); not to mention the building?s highly original contents - comic strips - in a setting that provides space and light in abundance.
The museum devotes much of its space to the history of the comic strip in Belgium, with Hergé undoubtedly at the head of a group whose fame is international: blow-up drawings, three-dimensional reproductions (the famous rocket used by Tintin to travel through space), etc. On the mezzanine level, the ?Espace Saint-Roch? is set aside for regularly-changing displays of some 200 items from the collection of 5000 original drawing boards. A space dedicated to Hergé was opened in 2005. The educational side is also spotlighted: on the same level, it is possible to trace the birth and development of a comic strip and its passage to becoming an animated cartoon with the help of models and the machinery used in this type of work. Upstairs, the Museum of the Imagination and the Museum of the Modern Comic Strip present over 60 years of comic-strip creation in Belgium and Europe. Back on the ground floor, which also has a library, is the world?s largest collection of comic strips, fully computerised, with more than 30,000 volumes that can be consulted at the museum itself, and a bookshop specialising in - what else? - comic strips. A useful tip: the relaxed reading room next to the library allows each and everyone to read comic strips to their heart?s content in total calm? parents and children:of all ages !