Museum of Urban Transport Brussels
The hangars that now house the Museum of Urban Transport Brussels (more commonly known as the ‘Tram Museum’) were built by public-works contractors Jean and Pierre Carsoel from 1897 to 1908. This means that the first hangars date from the same period as the tram line running along the avenue, connecting the Tervuren-based ‘colonial section’ of the 1897 International Exhibition to the rest of the city. The depot originally comprised a tram shed, a small workshop, a power plant, an administrative building, an enormous lamp storage and repair facility, and a neo-Renaissance residential building. One of the sheds on the premises still has its original forge and is used by Brussels public transport company STIB/MIVB to this day! The idea of creating a museum on the site finally came to fruition in 1982. The resulting Museum of Urban Transport Brussels, which was fully renovated between 2007 and 2009, has a fascinating collection of trams, buses, trolleybuses and taxis. As you admire these historic vehicles, you can better gauge the significance of the colours they injected into the Brussels landscape. For instance, tram 1348, which began operating in 1914, was painted pale yellow; this colour would be used for all STIB/MIVB livery until the early 2000s, when it was replaced with grey. As you will see, colour has also had an impact on uniforms, logos, tickets and even stops, serving to facilitate identification. (Listed since 29 November 2001)
Guided tours on Sat. & Sun. at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan 364, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe
Advance booking required