Musée de la Mine La Louvière

Mining Museum Robert Pourbaix

Useful Information

Location: Bois-du-Luc.
Open: JAN to DEC Mon-Fri 9-12, 13-17, Sat, Sun, Hol 14-17.
Closed 25-DEC, 31-DEC, 01-JAN.
Fee: Museum: Adults BEF 70, Children BEF 60.
Museum + House + extensions: Adults BEF 100, School Children BEF 80.
Classification: MineCoal mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: D=120 min.
Address: Musée de la Mine, rue St Patrice 5 bis, 7110 Houdeng-Aimeries, La Louviere, Bois-du-Luc, Tel: +32-64-225448, Fax: +32-64-225448. E-mail: contact
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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1685 start of mining.
1780 first steam engine installed.
1846 colliery Saint Emmanuel opened.
1855 offices and workshops built.
1907 building renovated.
31-DEC-1959 colliery Saint Emmanuel closed.
1973 mining ends with the closure of the last colliery Quesnoy.


The Musée de la Mine (Mine museum) at La Louvière is primarly a museum showing the work and the live of the coal miners at Bois-du-Luc. The museum includes the reconstruction of a miners house with furniture and all items of daily life from 1850.

The underground part of the museum is the Castelain gallery, a mine replica explaining the typical coal mining techniques and the underground working conditions. It is actually a reconstruction of the nearby Saint-Joseph pit.