The Coticule museum or the fascinating history of whetstones

  • Industrial heritage
  • Education to nature

This stone, unique in the world, has been exported outside Belgium since the 17th century. Vielsalm was particularly famous for this whetstone, used to sharpen knives and razors. This economy evolved from an artisanal skill to a full industry along 4 centuries.

The museum found its home in a former workshop, which features operating machines, a room dedicated to geology and a full insight in the economical, historical and social sides of the mining exploitation.

Practical information

  • Guided tours on request in French, English or Dutch
  • Audio guide in French, Dutch and German
  • Educational kit for children between 8 and 14.
  • Please wear warm clothes

More information


Minimum duration1:00



  • Library or document centre


  • Shop
  • Parking
  • Markers


    Pets allowed


    Audioguide/mobile app/tablet
    German - EN - 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.