PARCUM is the museum and expertise Centre for religious art and culture in Flanders (Belgium). The museum features religious heritage collection and temporary theme exhibitions at the intersection of religion, art and culture, often based around never before seen heritage from churches, abbeys and monasteries.

Their advisors help local authorities and heritage owners of different religions to manage their religious heritage and give it a meaningful future.

PARCUM addresses issues of identity and creates new forms and contents to alleviate social tensions, for instance, by focusing on questions about inter-religiousness and interculturalism, citizenship, and personal development.

Over the next five years, the museum will focus on expanding its permanent exhibition and form their own religious heritage collection. Their advisors will start regional operations with an integral heritage approach. This is how they keep track of the religious heritage that is in danger. They provide religious heritage a meaningful future through participation trajectories,

feasibility studies, calamity plans, etc.

Their main activity is based on their permanent exhibition, but they also usually host temporary exhibitions.



They have a collection of over 1,200 paintings and other works of art. Their exceptionally rich print cabinet lists around 3,000 items. 


As a museum for dialogue, PARCUM deliberately focuses on the interaction between contemporary (global) themes and religious heritage, between believers and non-believers, different denominations and philosophies, young people and the elderly, With this approach, PARCUM desires to stimulate engagement in visitors of various philosophical and cultural backgrounds. The museum positions itself as an open meeting place for critical and creative thinking, wonderment, development, reflection, and dialogue.

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