All aboard for the visit, which begins on the top level of the museum. Take the lift to the third floor and set off on a wonderful journey, which will lead you, through a series of four rooms, to discover one of the major bodies of work in the history of comic strips. Next, through an ingenious interplay of footbridges and steps, explore four further rooms exhibiting the multiple facets of an outstanding artistic endeavour. Bon voyage!
Room 1 : A life’s journey
The life of an artist, fully absorbed in his works of astonishing diversity, is condensed within the following 22 frames and 4 displays. This gallery gives an insight into the passions of a man who brought his own peaceful revolution to the world of the comic strip.
Room 2 : Man of many talents
Hergé was far more than a simple comic strip artist, being able to master many genres with ease while still retaining his own unique style. He left behind an artistic legacy of surprising diversity. Discover an artist who stood out from the crowd.
Room 3 : Family from the drawing board
Key members of the cast of The Adventures of Tintin: first appearances, origins, character traits, physical features and unique characteristics, explained by commentary from their creator.
Room 4 : Cinema!
While writing the scenarios to his stories, Hergé was often inspired by real life events and the current affairs of his time. The way he actually directed his narratives owes a lot to the principles of the art of film- making. Here is a look at a few examples of these twin influences.
Room 5 : The laboratory
Hergé’s work has a scientific flavour. Consistent and profound, his stories seem straightforward and logical. Yet just as we are getting used to this rhythm, they take off into eerie paranormal fantasies, rendering us speechless. Science and fiction make good bedfellows, and when a bit of humour and adventure are added, the result is sheer delight!
Room 6 : Dreaming of travel
An open invitation to travel, a visa to cross all borders, a journey to the limits of our understanding and to the gates of great civilisations. Hergé takes us on a tour of his ‘museum of the imagination’, full of humanity and respect for the people and continents it displays.
Room 7 : Studios Hergé
For 21 years, Hergé was the stereotypical one-man band, nearly always alone at the helm of a heavily laden ship. In the end, being the only one on board exhausted the artist. The creation of Studios Hergé was the solution, and transformed him into the head of an enterprise.
Room 8 : Hergé acclaimed
On 3 March 1983, Georges Remi, otherwise known as Hergé, passed away. The sad news spread quickly throughout the media in many countries, and generations of Tintin fans suddenly felt as though the world of the comic strip had lost someone irreplaceable. Despite this, history has shown that great artists never really disappear.