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Visit of the coalmine
The coalmine, such a strange and fascinating world for you to discover, as an astonishing and educational experience.
We safeguarded this genuine coalmine as a heritage of our industrial past.
Just seize your jacket and set your helmet straight, then reach the galleries with the mining-cage to discover the fabulous world of the "blackrock".
Knowing all about the working conditions but fascinating life of the "Houyeux", the tough working conditions and the technical equipment underneath; the coal, the noisy machine,...
The visit lasts two hours. It starts with a video-show, which dealing with a time span beginning 300 millions years ago up to now, tells us about the fabulous history of the "black rock"..
Then, dressed with a mining helmet and a jacket, you will go down into the pit by means of the mine lift.
You will be shown how mining equipment was used to knock down coal and other machinery. You will hear every day life in the " Black holes ", the mineris hard working conditions difficulties and leisures.
The visit of the coalmine also includes the discovery of the washing and sorting equipment !
In this building you will see the complete process of the coal, from the time it is washed, sorted and finally stocked waitting to be loades and delivered.
Nothing has changes since the closing of the coalmine in 1980, not even the lamps which continuously lignt the patron saint of miners : Saint Barbe !
Visit the permanent exhibition “Work underground” :
Travel through eight centuries of coal mining.
A fabulous experience!
In Europe, there are just four authentic coal mines left where you can tour the subterranean galleries via the original pit. A listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, Blegny-Mine is one of them. Equipped with a hi-vis and helmet, take the mine cage and descend to 30 and 60 metres below ground in order to find out how coal was extracted. You will find out about coal haulage, cutting, the noise of the machines, the work of the men. Having resurfaced, you will follow the coal’s trail in the sorting and washing facilities. You will be shown the whole process, from the arrival of the ore to its transportation and sale. A unique immersion in the both hard and exciting world of the “Black Faces”!
Following the new COVID-19 measures, visits for individuals and families are possible on December 12 and 13, from December 19 to 23 and from December 26 to 30, 2020 (only the guided tour of the mine).
Visits for groups over 12 years old are suspended until further notice.
The outside areas of the site (playgrounds and recreation park) are still accessible.
- Touring languages :
- Réception de groupes :
- Groups welcome
- Visites pour groupes :
- Visites groupes
- Guided tours for groups (always available)
- Facilities/Services :
- Conference room
- Coach park
- Equipment hire
- Coach stop
- Picnic table
- People with limited mobility :
- People with limited mobility
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