Opened to the public in March 2009, after several years of work, the Grand Curtius, which is located in the historic heart of Liège and on the banks of the Meuse river, is one of the major hubs for museums in Liège. This museum site – which was built around a Mosan Renaissance building, constructed at the end of the 16th century or the beginning of the 17th century for Jean de Corte, known as Curtius, a rich arms and gunpowder dealer – has a total surface area of more than 5000 m² and houses exceptional collections of art and history. The Curtius Palace, which was built with red bricks, Meuse stones and mascarons and is a listed building in Wallonia's exceptional heritage, wears its colours beautifully.
On the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of the Liège composer, who truly revolutionised French music in the 19th century, the City of Liège is dedicating a one-year exhibition to César Franck, in collaboration with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège. The exhibition, which is installed in the permanent exhibition area, will run from 12.01.22 > 01.01.2024. (EXTENTIONS)
Among the permanent collections of the Grand Curtius, the arms department occupies a special place, entirely dedicated to one of the most characteristic industries of Liège: the armory. Since November 24, 2023, it has presented to visitors its new section of knives and protective equipment for military use.