• Attractions
  • Museum or Interpretation Centre
  • Guided tour and discovery
  • Minin heap
  • 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.

 

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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.

 

BOIS DU CAZIER

-20%
on the price of an individual ticket
Validity date: from 01-01-2020 au 31-12-2020
  • Offer 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

The museumPassmusées: free access to 172 Belgian museums for 59€

This exclusive pass, valid for a year, gives you free access to over 100 Belgian museums, Wallonia included.

Open on 05/12/2020
Rue du Cazier 80,6001Marcinelle
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 : 2:30

Langue d'accueil

English - French - Italian - Dutch

Services

Outdoor catering - Indoor catering

Equipement

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

Animals

Pets allowed

Visites

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

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