Gouvernement on the Meuse
History of Gouvernement on the Meuse
Early in the nineteen eighties, the new Gouvernement on the Meuse was designed for the Provincial Council, the Provincial Executive, and the Royal Governor. The building was inaugurated in 1986. Today the structure is known primarily for the Maastricht Treaty that was signed here in 1992. The treaty constitutes the basis for the euro currency. Today over 900 people work in this special building.
References to the local area
When you stand before the building, take some time to discover the special details. The 18 blocks that together form the building, contain the silhouette of Maastricht. The building consists of a concrete skeleton filled with bricks: a reference to an architectural style from the Maasland Renaissance. The bricks also represent local color: the clay comes from the Meuse river.
Guided tour of the Gouvernement Building
If your group consists of at least 15 people, you can take a guided tour of the building during office hours. Please book the tour in advance. The guide will show you more special elements in the building as well as the countless works of art. You can also visit the temporary exhibitions, of course.
If you only want to see the exhibitions, you don’t have to book ahead of time. The public space is freely accessible. The exhibitions are a great way to learn more about Limburg; all of the works tell you something about the history and landscape of the province.