28 rue de la Gare
Phone: +32 60 39 02 43
Fax: +32 60 39 04 70


The CEDARC (Centre d’Etudes et de Documentation Archéologiques), created in 1984, is installed in the ancient electrical power station in Treignes, and was since baptised the Musée du Malgré Tout. Built between 1922 and 1928, the power station served, until 1957, the villages of Treignes, Mazée, Najauge, Vievres and Olloy.
The installation of the CEDARC within the space took place with the concern of juxtaposing classic and industrial archaeology. The mechanical warehouse was converted into the permanent exhibition space, while respecting the condition of the original room. All the machines, dating for the most part from the end of the 19th century, have been restored to working order. The office space has been resorted, all the while respecting its ancient structures, in order to adapt it to a modern function of administration. On the building’s facade, machinery has been conserved, maintaining the building’s industrial aspect.
The spaces around the museum have been installed with a games area and a Prehistoric park, in which the majority of the museum’s education activities take place.

Permanent Collection

The CEDARC takes part in regular archaeological digs, and the results of these constitute the museum’s permanent collection. The collection of finds includes items from Prehistory, the bronze and iron ages, the Gallo-roman period, as well as a collection of deposits and bequests.
The museum’s prehistoric park presents 7 life-size reconstitutions of habitats, made of wood, leather, skin and bone. They represent the sites of Pont-de-Lavaud in Eguzon, Cerisier, Meziritch, Plateau Parrain, Gonnersdorf, Pincevent and Closeau.


Since 1984, the museum has presented 55 exhibitions on an exceptionally wide range of themes, including the technological aspects of the archaeological dig, daily life in Roman Belgium, the role of the woman in prehistory, mammoths, the Celts in the canton of Fribourg, animal representation in pre-Columbian Peru, Celtic and Gallo-roman gods, Great inventions of prehistory and Australian boomerangs.
The CEDARC’s exhibition program has allowed the museum to welcome over 220,000 visitors, and to achieve great success in both for the public and for the specialised press.
25 February – 2 September 2007
This exhibition examines a wide range of representations of the horse, from Palaeolithic art to the end of the Roman Empire, via the metal ages, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece. The figure of the horse is largely depicted through statuettes, jewellery, low reliefs, sculpture and painting on ceramics.
From the Bronze Age, elements such as muzzles and bits were progressively added to depictions, testifying the technological evolution of man.
The exhibition is open from Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm, and on weekends and public holidays from 10.30am to 6pm. The exhibition is closed on Wednesdays, except during school holidays and public holidays.

Exhibitions (10)

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Adults €5
Students and seniors €4
Children aged 6-12 €2.50
Children under 6 free
Student groups (by reservation, minimum 15 students) €2.50 per person
Non-student groups (by reservation, minimum 15 visitors) €3.75 / €5.00 (with guided tour)

Opening hours

Open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5.30pm, and on weekends and public holidays from 10.30am to 6pm. The museum is closed on Wednesdays, except during school holidays and public holidays.

Getting there

From Brussels, take the direction of Charleroi, and then follow the direction of Philippeville. Exit at Mariembourg, and follow the direction of Treignes.
From the Liege region, take the E42 in the direction of Namur, then the E411, and exit at Dinant. Follow signs to Givet (France), and continue until Vireux, 5km from Treignes.


The museum houses a boutique and bookshop.


Guided tours and activities must be booked in advance. Please contact +32 60 39 02 43 or