Visit the exhibition

The exhibition

For the first time in Europe, the exhibition “A history of the world in 100 objects” from the Britsh Museum is being held at the Musée des Beaux-Art Valenciennes. This exhibition invites visitors to travel back in time and across the globe through 100 objects from the British Museum’s collection, narrating us stories about the history of the world. Carved in stone or gently etched in gold, all objects will encourage you to explore the history of humanity from two million years ago to the present time.

The exhibition

Opening hours and prices


For individuals:

Full-price 12€ / Reduced rate 8€ (friends of the museum, accompanying teachers, disabled visitors and people accompanying them) Half-price (unemployed people, students, children between 12 and 18 years old)
Reduced-price 6€ (unemployed people, social welfare recipient, students, children between 12 and 18 years old)
Free entrance for children less than 12 years old upon presentation of card
Guided tour on Sundays at 11:00, upon presentation of entry ticket, within the limits of the available places.

Group guided tour

Adult 150€ + 6€ per person
Adult 50€ + 6€ per person (person undergoing training, social centre, person with disabilities)
School groups, early childhood groups, people with disabilities… Please contact the booking service.


Full-price 8€, students 6€, reduced rate 5€, under 12 years old 3€. Single price 5€ for each event upon presentation of entry ticket at the exhibition.
Booking : Valentin Flamme +33 (0) 3 27 22 57 18 or Telephone reception service : +33 (0) 3 27 22 57 20 or

Opening hours

Open from Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 6:30 pm, late opening on Fridays and Saturdays until 9 pm. Closed on Tuesday mornings. Open on public holidays except May 15, 2018.


Getting here

By car

From Lille (A23 then A2) Paris-Bruxelles (E19/A2)
> Highway exit Valenciennes-centre, then follow Boulevards Carpeaux then Watteau

By train

Railway station TGV Paris Gare du Nord – Valenciennes : 1h45
Railway station Brussels-Midi – Valenciennes : 2h/2h30 St Pancras railway station – Valenciennes : 4 hours

By tram

Stop « Sous-Préfecture » then 10 minutes walk


Access for disabled visitors on the ground-floor through the pedagogical workshop on the left side of the building.

Guide dog are allowed everywhere.


A family exhibition! Guided tour, artistic workshop or interactive space, there are many ways to enjoy art history together.

Conditions for familly visits:

  • Free for children under 12 years old
  • What’s on? Events calendar here
  • Discover an interactive experience for the youngest of us with Maestro Chrono

Plan your family visit:

  • Before your visit, ask your kid to imagine what they will see during the exhibition
  • You can also explain them museum guidelines and visitor policies such as “touching objects is not permitted if not allowed.”
  • Try not to visit everything in a single visit. According to the age of yout children age, plan a 30-90 minutes tour and do not forget to have breaks. Feel free to use the booklet for discovering the exhibition, it’s free of charge!


Whatever the composition of your group, adults or younger audience, school group or associations, the public service will welcome and accompany you through the exhibition.

Our team, composed of guides, artists and plastic artists, will offer you a large range of activities adapted to the participants.

Conditions for group tour:
Contact: 0327225720 or


Thanks to the collaboration between the City of Valenciennes, Valenciennes Museum of Fine Arts and the British Museum for the exhibtion “A history of the world in 100 objects”

Local Partners


Answers to all your questions:

Is there a cloakroom for visitors?

Yes, and it is free of charge.

Can I drink in the museum?

There is a hot-drink machine within the friendly area.

Can I bring my pushchair within the museum?

No, but there are changing tables available in men’s and women’s toilets.

How long is my ticket valid for?

It is a one-day-ticket, there is no limit how long visitors may stay inside the museum within the opening hours but we invite you to keep it in order to get reduced rates for events.

Can I take pictures inside of museum?

Pictures without flash are permitted within permanent collection areas but they are not allowed within temporary exhibitions areas.

Can I buy online tickets for the exhibition?

Of course! Tickets are available in FNAC shops or via our online ticket service.

I have lost a personal item during the visit, when can I get it back?

Any found items will be gathered at the the reception desk, please get in touch with hostesses.

Is the visit accessible for both visually and audibly impaired people?

Yes. Feel free to inquire at the reception for more detailed information.

Is the car park free of charge?

No, so make sure you have some change for the car park.

Is there some parking space for people with reduced mobility?

Yes! Specific places are located in Place Verte (behind the museum) and are accessible every day exept on wednesdays and saturdays morning because of the marketplace.

I’m under 18 years old, can I visit the museum alone?

Of course! You can come to visit the museum alone from 16 years old. Under the age of 16, young minors have to be accompanied by an adult.

What means of payment do you accept ?

We accept paiement by credit card, cheque or with cash.

Have a nice day !

Contact us

For contacting us: 03 27 22 57 20 /