The opening of the Museum within the University took place in 1979, eight years after the foundation of Louvain-la-Neuve. Over the decades, numerous donations have been added to the original collections to constitute a substantial body of artworks and objects from different civilisations.
This heritage focuses on the main developments in European and Belgian art – from engravings by Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt to Gothic and Baroque sculptures and paintings by Alechinsky and Delvaux. The collections also take in other continents, with a rich collection of non-Western art (Africa, Oceania) and an interest in folk and naive art.
For more than 30 years, visitors to the Museum have discovered the history of civilisations and the diversity of the twentieth-century art, observe university students receiving training for their future profession, and encounter children from the local area or further afield learning and making things. This is what a university museum nowadays should be: a place where objects and visitors from all points of the compass are brought together for an enriching experience.
In September 2015, the Louvain-la-Neuve Museum closed to prepare for its metamorphosis : November 18th 2017 will see the opening of the new Museum L on Place des Sciences, in the heart of the old Library of Science and Technology.