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The Bois du Cazier and its heaps: a remarkable memorial site

  • Explore Boid du Cazier in Marcinelle, a former mining site listed by UNESCO
  • Bois du Cazier | Mining, Industry and Glass museums
  • Bois du Cazier | Mining, Industry and Glass museums
  • Bois du Cazier | Mining, Industry and Glass museums
  • Classification officielle d'une attraction en Wallonie : 4 soleils
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  • Industrial heritage

Listed by UNESCO as one of the major mining sites in Wallonia, the Bois du Cazier is a particularly touching memorial. Located South of Charleroi, this preserved industrial heritage site stretches along 26 hectares. A remarkable orientation trail has been designed to present its 3 heaps and architectural features.

Thanks to an IOF (International Orienteering Federation) map featuring the relief, vegetation, constructions, visitors can explore the site, looking for markers. The latter will give information on the mining site, including their biotope structure.

A remembrance place

The Bois du Cazier highlights immigration and conditions of industrial workers. The site is known as the location of a major mining disaster on August 8th, 1956, with 262 killed. The victims came from a wide range of countries, 35 different ones in total, the majority being Italian.

The site, closed in 1967, was left abandoned for years before being revalorised thank to European funding. It opened to the public in 2002 as a touristic attraction and memorial, a place part of the industrial history of Wallonia. Following its motto "The past, present for the future", it offers a didactic trail dedicated to coal, iron and glass, showcasing human know-how with its many successes and failures.

The museums

The Bois du Cazier shelter permanent and temporary exhibitions in the following buildings:

  • The Musée de l’industrie, which features tools, machines used for mining, steel works, offers incredible insight into the workers' life.
  • The Musée du Verre, where you can admire a selection of glass pieces produces in Belgium between in the 19th - the beginning of the 20th century, as well as more contemporary masterpieces

The digital touch

Why not download the Bois du Cazier app to explore the site? There are 4 itineraries to choose from:

  • The fun trail: designed for families with children 6-12 years
  • The off the beaten path: featuring 20 amazing points of interest on the site
  • The heaps trail: to discover the flora and fauna of the site

Travellers with specific needs

This Bois du Cazier enjoys Access-i labelled facilities and/or activities. Click here to see the details.

Wallonia offers a wide range of Access-i approved sites.

 

The Bois du Cazier is a wonderful mirror of an industrial expertise but also of its failures: a fascinating page of Wallonia's rich history.

 

Schedule

From 02 January to 31 December 2020.
  • Open every day but Mondays.
  • From Tuesdays to Fridays: 09:00 to 17:00
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 to 18:00

The Bois du Cazier closes:

  • from December 23rd to December 25th 
  • from December 30th to January 1st
  • from January 6th to Janary 13th

Price

Free fisrt month's sunday
Adults: 8€ Seniors: 7€ Youth/Students (under 18 y.o): 4.5€ Free for children under 6 Groups: 10 persons min., 25 persons max. Adults: 6€ Youth/Students (under 18 y.o): 3.5€ Entry includes access to the museums (Le Carreau, L’espace 8 août 1956, the glass museum, The Industry Museum, the forges and green spaces). Duration of a visit: 2-3h. Animations, events, temporary exhibitions will have their own ticket price.

Information on the walk

Duration

Minimum duration2:30

Facilities

Services

  • Outdoor catering
  • Indoor catering
  • Audioguide
  • Library or document centre
  • Educational service
  • Visitor guide for groups

Equipement

  • Cafe
  • Daylight
  • Shop
  • Training materials on request
  • Training materials provided
  • Car parking
  • Cycle rack
  • Parking
  • Restaurant

Animals

    Pets allowed

    Visites

    Audioguide/mobile app/tablet
    FR - NL
    The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.