George Remi (Hergé) died in 1983 leaving a vast estate and an artistic output of distinction. The idea of a museum had been discussed as early as 1979 while he was still alive, in order to make his many and varied creations known to a wider public. Three years after his death, in 1986, the Hergé Foundation was established. From the start of the new millennium it was renamed Studios Hergé, identifying and cataloguing exhibition elements for a museum consecrated to Hergé. On Tintin’s ‘birthday’, 10 January 2001, it was announced a Hergé Museum was to be built in Louvain-la-Neuve, a recently created university town, less than 30 kilometres from Brussels.
The museum is ultra-modern with quirky artistic architecture in-keeping with the final incomplete Tintin adventure, Alph-Art.