From the Arumbaya Fetish to Rascar Capac… The mythical objects from the adventures of Tintin are making a splash in Spa.

Imaginary museum :
Dream or realtity

The first major exhibition devoted to the work of Hergé was held in 1979 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts (today better known as Bozar) in Brussels and was the brainchild of Michel Baudson. It was given the title: Tintin’s Imaginary Museum and Hergé himself designed the poster.

The aim was to stage an encounter between Hergé’s work and its documentary sources, including many museum pieces admired by the cartoonist. Between dream and reality, the town of SPA invites visitors to step inside the poster and discover in 3D these now mythical objects that bring The Adventures of Tintin back to life.

Hergé, a discret genius

Hergé, whose real name was Georges Remi, was born on 22 May 1907 in Etterbeek, Belgium. Regarded as the father of the modern comic strip, he created a style all his own: the famous clear line. The Adventures of Tintin were first published on 10 January 1929 in Le Petit Vingtième, the weekly youth supplement of the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle.

Hergé’s life is inseparable from his work. His production was omnipresent, inhabiting him and intimately participating in the events that made up the fabric of a life entirely devoted to comic strips.

This resulted in a substantial creative output, and even though he was attracted to other artistic disciplines, Hergé never abandoned the ninth art.

From Georges Remi, the press illustrator, to Hergé, the art lover, via the birth of Tintin, the exhibition takes visitors in the footsteps of this all-round artist.
At the end of the experience, visitors are in for a big surprise: Tintin’s Imaginary Museum!


Georges Remi is born in Brussels on 22 May.


He begins his secondary education at the Collège Saint-Boniface in Brussels.


He joins the college’s scout troop, where he is given the totemic name of Curious Fox. His first drawings appear in Jamais assez, the school’s Scout magazine, and later in Le Boy-Scout belge, the monthly magazine of the Belgian Scouts.


From then on he signed his illustrations with the name Hergé – RG, a phonetic transcription of the initials of his first and last names.


After completing his studies, Georges Remi joins the subscription department of Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle.


Birth of Totor, Chief Scout of the Cockchafers, who later morphed into Tintin, in Le Boy-Scout belge.


Hergé is appointed editor-in-chief of the Petit Vingtième, the weekly youth supplement of the Vingtième Siècle. The first issue appears on 1 November.


On 10 January, Tintin and Snowy first appear in Le Petit Vingtième.


Creation of Quick and Flupke. Publication of Tintin in the Land of the Soviets by Éditions du Petit Vingtième.


Georges Remi marries Germaine Kieckens.


Tintin is now published by Éditions Casterman. Hergé meets a young Chinese student, Chang Chong-Jen. This friendship marks a decisive turning point in his career.


Creation of Jo, Zette and Jocko for the French weekly Coeurs Vaillants.


On 10 May, Belgium is invaded by German troops. Le Vingtième Siècle and Le Petit Vingtième stop publishing.


Studios Hergé are founded for the publication of Explorers on the Moon, which calls for a great deal of technical work and meticulous documentation.


Despite problems in his personal life, Hergé manages to complete Tintin in Tibet.


The first film adaptation of a Tintin album is released: Tintin and the Golden Fleece. Georges Remi discovers contemporary art and becomes a passionate collector. He separates from his wife and begins travelling with his future second wife, Fanny Vlamynck.


Release of the first full-length cartoon based on an album: Le Temple du Soleil.


Georges Remi divorces his first wife and marries Fanny Vlamynck.


Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Tintin. Andy Warhol creates a series of four portraits of Hergé.


Reunion between Hergé and Chang Chong-Jen, the Chinese friend who had played a decisive role in the creation of The Blue Lotus.


Georges Remi, aka Hergé, dies on 3 March in Brussels.

Le Centre culturel Spa-jalhay-stoumont

The Spa-Jalhay-Stoumont Cultural Centre is a not-for-profit organisation managed jointly by representatives of the public authorities and cultural associations in the area.

Thanks to the range of activities organised by it, the Cultural Centre empowers local people to avail themselves of their right to culture by making it readily available and reducing cultural inequalities. It aims to promote people’s participation in cultural life and to develop their critical faculties as responsible members of society.

In practical terms, the Cultural Centre offers a variety of activities on a daily basis, including shows, concerts and conferences, giving everyone the opportunity to create, express themselves and communicate, laying the foundations for their own personal development and a thriving community. Training courses, workshops and debates build audiences’ critical thinking skills in a spirit of lifelong learning.

It also brings together and supports artists and craftspeople from the 3 municipalities, as well as more than 80 associations, each of which puts together its own cultural programme.

By organising this exhibition, the Cultural Centre is intent of furthering its efforts to democratise culture by promoting an activity aimed at a broad, intergenerational audience. In an effort to promote social diversity, it hopes to secure universal access and understanding of the work of this Belgian cartoonist and illustrator, Hergé, one of the most famous artists of the 20th century.

The town of Spa

Spa is recognised as one of Europe’s 11 great spa towns and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2021!
It has enjoyed a unique success story in Europe since the 18th century, and has today come to symbolise relaxation, well-being and enjoyment the world over. Spa is on the cultural circuit of historic spa towns. Immerse yourself in a carbonated bath and enjoy the benefits of thermal water, while discovering the town’s fascinating history through its springs, heritage and museums.

Spa is also…

A remarkably well-preserved natural environment, an unmissable gastronomic hub and a trendy shopping destination.
A lively town that’s bustling with activity all year round, thanks to the many cultural and sporting events that take place here.

Tintin has arrived in Spa!
Children and adults alike can discover his imaginary museum at Pouhon Pierre-le-Grand!

Sophie Delettre

Mayor of the Town of Spa

Mix culture with nature and heritage, and you have Tintin in Spa! I’d even go so far as to say: Tintin in Spa the Original!

Alda Greoli

Member of the Local Council responsible for Culture

The Hergé museum

The Hergé Museum is the largest museum in the world dedicated to a comic strip author, and showcases an astonishingly rich graphic heritage, a formidable palette of colours to illustrate a mythical work, that of the master of the clear line.

Hergé’s universe is close to our own Fiction tinged with realism, his series transport us, through the panels and speech balloons, into a world that tells the story of our twentieth century. Original drawings, archive documents, films, models and rare and precious objects are all on display in this dream machine.

Now that you’ve met the creator of Tintin and Snowy, you’re about to discover the father of European comics, an all-round artist of many talents. Hergé, illustrator, lettering artist, scriptwriter, publicist and sometimes painter, the inventor of a graphic style that has stood the test of time and outlasted trends.

This time Tintin invites all his friends to SPA for new adventures! Captain Haddock will be delighted…

Robert Vangénéberg

Director Tintinimaginatio

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TINTINIMAGINATIO S.A. is exclusively responsible for exploiting the rights relating to Hergé’s work, and in particular the rights of reproduction, communication, adaptation and derivative rights to Hergé’s work. It promotes Hergé’s work through its various departments: publishing, merchandising, exhibition, audiovisual, multimedia, etc.

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Pratical info

Opening hours

Open Tuesday to Sunday and on public holidays from 10am to 5.30pm – Closed on Mondays (except public holidays).

July – August
Open every day from 10am to 5.30pm


Adults 10 €
Seniors (aged 65 and over) 8 €
Young adults (aged 14-26) 8 €
Children (under 13) 6 €
Accompanying children under 7 *Free
Children’s group rate (min. 15 pers.)5 €
Group rate others (min. 15 pers.)8 €
*(max. 2 children per adult/senior/young person)


Pouhon Pierre-le-Grand
Rue du Marché 1a, 4900 Spa (Belgium)
(Entrance via the Tourist Office 087 79 53 53)


Car: E42 motorway, junction 8 – Spa | E25 motorway, junction 45 – Car park et Blue Zone
Train : Spa-Géronstère station (a 6’ walk) | Spa station (a 12’ walk)

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