International Carnival and Mask Museum

Hundreds of masks and costumes invite you on an amazing journey through the folklore, the festivals and the rites of the whole world. A collection unique in Europe!

Discover the masked rituals of the five continents in the permanent exhibition Masks from all over the world by travelling from the winter feasts of Europe to the mysterious ceremonies of North America and Latin America, from the enigmatic customs of Africa to the fascinating traditions of Asia and Oceania.

Visit the Interpretation Centre on the Carnival of Binche and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of this unique folklore recognized by UNESCO and experience the Carnival of Binche as if you were there.

Discover the museum’s temporary exhibitions surprising both by the choice of their themes and their scenography.
  • Situated in the historic centre of Binche, at 50 km from Brussels, between Mons and Charleroi.
    By car: motorway E19 – Exit 21 (Le Roeulx). Nearby parking.
    By train: 5 minutes on foot from the train station of Binche –
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Au départ de Binche, l'exposition « Entrelacs » vous invite au voyage au fil de l'histoire du textile, au coeur de sa fabrication et de ses rituels à travers le monde.

Textile et rites masqués

Dans les pratiques masquées, le textile est partout. Il est :

  • la surface sur laquelle sont appliqués des ornements, des amulette, ou des charmes
  • l’interface pour dialoguer avec un monde parallèle, celui des esprits ou des ancêtres
  • créateur de mouvement, auxiliaire indispensable aux techniques du corps. 

Une occasion immanquable de découvrir les rites carnavalesques dans le monde sous l'angle du textile !