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The Mundaneum at its current location on Rue Nimy in Mons
place Mons coordinates: 50 ° 27 '27.5 "  N , 3 ° 57' 20.1"  EWorld icon
opening 1898
Photo of the exhibition "Mapping Knowledge" in the Mundaneum

The Mundaneum is the building that housed the museum founded in 1898 by Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine in Brussels under the name Institut International de Bibliographie (IIB). Its aim was to record all of the world's literature as a bibliography in card boxes .

The institute was located in the building initially called Palais Mondial (today it houses the Autoworld exhibition) in the Parc du Cinquantenaire (built on the occasion of Belgium's 50th anniversary) and was renamed Mundaneum a little later. In addition to the bibliographic institute and a library, the Mundaneum also housed special collections and a museum, which also claimed to offer a representative cross-section of world culture. In 1931, a branch of the Mundaneum was founded in Vienna in collaboration with Otto Neurath and the Society and Economic Museum. In 1934 the mundaneum was closed in its old form. The collection has been moved several times, including a branch of the Free University of Brussels, the Pasteur Institute in Leopold Park. In 1993, what was left of her was moved to Mons in a former department store called L'Indépendence .

The name Mundaneum is continued there today by the Center d'Archives de la Communauté française de Belgique . The following remained from the original collection: the Musée international de la presse ("International Press Museum"), the Répertoire iconographique universel (posters, postcards, glass plates, photographs), the Répertoire universel de documentation ("Universal Documentation Directory "), the Encyclopedia Universalis Mundaneum (Concepts designed by Otlet, including the Mondothèque , personal documents from Henri La Fontaine and Paul Otlet , thematic collections on the themes of feminism , pacifism and anarchism ) and the archives of the Les Amis du Palais Mondial association .



  • Dennis Pohl: The Smart City - City of Knowledge. In: Mondothèque: A Radiated Book / Un livre irradiant / Een irradiërend boek. Constant, Brussels 2016, ISBN 978-90-811459-5-4 , pp. 235–244. (on-line)
  • Charlotte Dubray, Raphaèle Cornille: Le Mundaneum: les archives de la connaissance . Impressions Nouvelles, Brussels 2008, ISBN 978-2-87449-054-5 .
  • Françoise Levie: L'homme qui voulait classer le monde: Paul Otlet et le Mundaneum . Impressions Nouvelles, Brussels 2008, ISBN 978-2-87449-022-4 .
  • Günther Sandner: Otto Neurath. A political biography . Zsolnay-Verlag, Vienna 2014, ISBN 978-3-552-05676-3 .
  • Father of the slip search engine . In: Der Spiegel . No. 26 , 2008 ( online ).


  1. ^ Günther Sandner: Otto Neurath. A political biography . Zsolnay-Verlag, Vienna 2014, p. 184.

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