• Attractions
  • Museum or Interpretation Centre
  • Industrial heritage
  • Architectural heritage

The Bois-du-Luc mining site was one of the main witnesses of the industrial revolution in Wallonia. This extraordinary historical heritage, wonderfully well preserved, is protected by UNESCO.

The mine, which opened in 1685 and closed in 1973, had a particularly long life. One of its characteristics is the workers' village, right by it, where the offices, workshops and communal spaces (typical house, 19th-century classroom) can still be visited.

Bois-du-Luc offers exceptional insight into the daily life of miners and their family.

The history of Bois-du-Luc

The Société des Charbonnages de Bois-du-Luc (created in 1685) decided at the beginning of the 19th century to make use of the Saint Emmanuel pit - the oldest mine in Belgium. Men would go as deep as 558 m under ground to work.

A mining village unique in Europe

A mining village was built nearby by the company to make the miners' lives easier. There, they could buy food (grocery store, butcher, mill/brewery), get treated (hospital, hospice), relax (party hall, park, music kiosk, leisure activities), get an education (schools, library) or go to church. The village was managed by the company's director.

Bois-du-Luc, one of the four authentic coal mines left in Europe, is on the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH).

A UNESCO site

Bois-du-Luc, together with The Grand-Hornu, Bois du Cazier and Blegny-Mine, were added to the UNESCO list in 2012.

Cycling

Borrow one of the bikes on site and enjoy a ride on the tree planted heaps: quite a fascinating nature site.

Visitors with specific needs

Please click here to see the list of facilities and activities accessible to visitors with reduced mobility. Wallonia has developed the Access-i program to give travellers a clear understanding of what the infrastructures offer.

BOIS-DU-LUC

- 50%
on any adult ticket
Validity date: from 01-01-2020 au 31-12-2020
  • Offer based on 2 adults buying tickets
  • Offer valid throughout 2020
  • Valid for 4 persons max per voucher.
  • Cannot be combined with any other ongoing promotion or offer
  • This voucher must be printed and given to the ticket office on arrival

 

Closed on 03/12/2020
Bois-du-Luc. Musée de la Mine et du Développement DurableRue Saint-Patrice 2b,7110Houdeng-Aimeries (La Louvière)
Covid-19: in accordance with the latest Covid-19 restrictions, most museums, tourist attractions and information centres are now closed in Wallonia, and events cancelled. We do our best to keep our information up to date but it's always best to check with the site you wish to visit before heading there - by phone, email, social media or simply a look at their website - to see their latest opening hours and entry conditions. Some will prefer you to book your ticket in advance. Infos
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.

Duration

Minimum duration : 1:30

Langue d'accueil

English - French - Italian - Dutch

Equipement

Cafe - Shop - Car parking - Parking - Common bathroom

Visites

Guide available/groups - EN - FR - IT - NL - Audioguide/mobile app/tablet

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