The Collegiate Church of Sainte-Waudru
15th to 17th century – Gothic style of Brabant. It contains some splendid 16th century alabaster statues by Jacques Du Broeucq.
The treasury of the Collegiate Church is one of the most beautiful collections of gold and silverware in Belgium (12th – 19th c.)
Decorative Arts Museum François Duesberg
Mons has many interesting museums (short descriptions further on), but the most spectacular and of highest value is certainly the François Duesberg museum.
Located opposite Sainte-Waudru's Collegiate Church, near the railway station, in an old building that was once the National Bank of Belgium (19th c.)
This is an authentic decorative arts museum, with not only a prestigious collection of clocks with exotic themes (1795-1815), which is unique in the world, but also exceptional gilded bronzes, porcelain, crockery, gold and silverware, bookbinding and unusual rare objects.
A detailed description would be fastidious – let's just pick out a few names – vieux-Nimy, Meissen, Kien Long, the 1 st Empire, Valenciennes, etc. This museum is a must.
Other museums of certain interest:
• Museum of Folklore and Customs: In a former 17th C. infirmary of a religious congregation.
• Museum of Military History: 14/18 and 40/45. The “Battle of Mons” August 1914. The liberation of Mons in November 1918 and September 1944.
• Fine Arts Museum: mainly 19th and 20th C. paintings of Mons, Hainaut and Belgium. Also an amazing and colourful collection of international contemporary art (1960 – 1990) named “Fruits of Passion”
• Canon Puissant Museum(s): In “Le vieux logis” a 16th C. old abbey refuge: furniture, weapons, ironware, drawings… In St-Margaret Chapel (13th C.): religious tapestries (4th – 19th C.), paintings, manuscripts…
• St-Calixte's Chapel: Museum of the Count's Castle: Ideal viewpoint from where to discover the panorama of Mons and its region. This 11th C. chapel has been restored and houses archaeological discoveries and medieval iconography.