La Fonderie – Brussels Museum of Industry and Work
The Brussels Museum of Industry and Work is housed in the buildings of a prestigious former art foundry, Compagnie des Bronzes de Bruxelles, which operated from 1862 at the heart of a busy industrial district dubbed Belgium’s ‘Little Manchester’. The company’s know-how won it an international reputation for quality, allowing it to collaborate with the greatest sculptors of the day. This resulted in many important commissions, including the gates to New York Zoo, the bronze statues in Brussels’ Petit Sablon/Kleine Zavel, the Lord Leighton Memorial in St Paul’s Cathedral in London and the equestrian statues of Belgian kings Leopold II and Albert I.
The permanent exhibition Made in Brussels explores the world of industrial work in the Belgian capital over the past two centuries. Not that long ago Brussels was Belgium’s leading industrial city. From textiles to chocolate, medals to coffins, the variety of objects produced in this city was simply astounding. Who were the workers who laboured in these factories and workshops? What were their working conditions like? And why was there such a diverse array of manufacturing in Brussels? This exhibition will provide you with answers and information, as well as a few surprises.
Guided tours of the permanent exhibition: “The museum as a meeting place”: Sat. & Sun. at 11:00 (in English); 16:00 (in French).
Interactive, fun tours for adults and teenagers aged 14 and above: Sat. & Sun. at 14:00.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Rue Ransfort/Ransfortstraat 27, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean/Sint-Jans-Molenbeek
Guided tours by reservation only
Accessible with assistance