Situated just an hour and a half’s drive from Brussels, the magnificent Louvre- Lens is a museum like no other. Since opening in 2012 at the heart of France’s former mining region, this annex of the world-famous Musée du Louvre offers a completely new visitor experience. “Louvre-Lens is much more than just the Louvre in a different place,” begins director Marie Lavandier. “It is the Louvre, done in a completely different way.” Built on the site of a former mining yard, approximately 200 kilometres north of Paris, Louvre-Lens displays objects from the Musée du Louvre’s collections. An absolute highlight is the Gallery of Time, described by Lavandier as “a kind of museum UFO”.