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Léon Dejonghe1 With the cooperation of Karine Wuyts2 and Quentin Ketelaars3

The programme « Geology and Tourism in Belgium* » was set up within the scope of the International Year of Planet Earth (see yearofplanetearth.org** and www.jaarvandeplaneetaarde.be/en**). Its purpose is to highlight tourist activities that speak about the earth sciences. This concerns museums, tourist coalmines and stone quarries, caves and geosites, for which the following data were compiled: name, address, itinerary, opening hours, phone and fax number, website, e-mail, prices, a description focusing on the geological aspects and miscellaneous comments (audio guides, languages used, parking, shop, cafeteria, educational files, etc.). However the geological Survey of Belgium cannot be held responsible for any alterations to the data, which have been compiled with the greatest care and of which the period of validity is indicated. The visitor is invited to check whether the data are still valid at the moment of his visit.
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Musée

The « museums » are presented in 2 categories: museums that are open during the week and the weekend and museums that can only be visited at particular moments (e.g. school holidays), in the weekend or by appointment. The most important museums are illustrated with some photographs.


Mines

The section « coalmines and stone quarries », contains the sites that were once mining industries and that can still be visited. Where these workplaces aren't any longer accessible, but a mine museum was established instead, the site is described in the section « museums ».


geosites

The « geosites » are remarkable outcrops that have been equipped with educational panels.



This overview makes no claim to be exhaustive. All suggestions are welcome at the following address: sgb@naturalsciences.be.


The tourist sites that are connected with the earth sciences and included in this programme are described below.

The museums

Open during the week and in the weekend

  • Ampsin (province Liège) – Les Maîtres du feu
  • Andenne (province Hainault) – Musée de la Céramique
  • Antwerpen (province Antwerp) - Diamantmuseum
  • Beringen (province Limburg) – Het Mijnmuseum
  • Bernissart (province Hainault – Musée de l’Iguanodon
  • Blankenberge (province West Flanders) – Living Stone Museum
  • Brussel (Brussels Capital Region) – Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Brugge (province West Flanders) – Diamantmuseum
  • Eben-Emael (province Liège) –Géologium du Broukay
  • Han-sur-Lesse (province Namur) – Musée du Monde souterrain
  • Houdeng-Aimeries (province Hainault) - Musée de la Mine Robert Pourbaix
  • Jemelle (province Namur) – Centre du Rail et de la Pierre
  • Luik (province Liège) – Maison de la Métallurgie et de l’Industrie
  • Obourg (province Hainault) – Le Jardin Géologique d'Obourg et la Maison des Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre
  • Oostende (province West Flanders) - Earth Explorer
  • Rance (province Hainault) – Musée du Marbre
  • Salmchâteau (province Luxemburg) – Musée du Coticule
  • Soignies (province Hainault) – Centre de Documentation de la Pierre bleue et du Verre
  • Sprimont (province Liège) – Musée de la Pierre
  • Vielsalm (province Luxemburg) – Maison du Pays de Salm

Only open at particular moments, in the weekend or by appointment

  • Basècles (province Hainault) – Musée de la Pierre et du Marbre
  • Deurne (province Antwerp) – Natural History Museum "Boekenberg"
  • Kelmis – Neu-Moresnet (province Liège) – Göhltalmuseum
  • Merksem (province Antwerp) – Museum of Mineralogy
  • Rebecq (province Walloon Brabant) – Musée du Porphyre
  • Sint-Gillis-Waas (province East Flanders) – Het huis van de Evolutie
  • Terhagen (province Antwerp) – Museum Rupelklei

The coalmines and stone quarries

  • Bertrix (province Luxemburg) – Au coeur de l’Ardoise
  • Blegny (province Liège) – Blegny-Mine and the Musée minier du Puits Marie
  • Comblain-au-Pont (province Liège) – The underground sandstone quarry of Géromont
  • Orp - Jauche (province Walloon Brabant) – The underground stone quarries of Folx-les-Tombes
  • Riemst – Kanne (province Limburg) – Underground marl quarry « Avergat »
  • Riemst - Zichem-Zussen-Bolder (province Limburg) – Underground marl quarry « De Kuilen »
  • Spiennes (province Hainault) – The neolithic flint mines of Spiennes

The caves

  • Comblain-au-Pont (province Liège) - Grotte de l’Abîme
  • Couvin (province Namur) – Prehistoric cave "Caverne préhistorique de l’Abîme"
  • Dinant (province Namur) – The cave of Dinant « La Merveilleuse »
  • Flémalle (province Liège) – The cave and prehistosite of Ramioul
  • Gesves (province Namur) - Goyet la Préhistorique
  • Han-sur-Lesse (province Namur) – The cave of Han
  • Hastière-sur-Meuse (province Namur) – Domaine des Grottes du Pont d’Arcole
  • Hotton (province Luxemburg) – The Cave of One Thousand and One Nights
  • Petigny – Couvin (province Namur) – The Caves of Neptune or "Grotte de l’Adugeoir"
  • Remouchamps (province Liège) – The caves of Remouchamps
  • Rochefort (province Namur) – The cave of Lorette
  • Sclayn – Andenne (province Hainault) – The cave Scladina

The Geosites

  • Comblain-au-Pont (province Liège) – Geological Path of Comblain-au-Pont
  • Engis (province Liège) – Parc des Tchafornis
  • Hoegaarden (province Flemish Brabant) – Goudberg
  • Vresse-sur-Semois (province Namur) – Walk « Au fil du temps »
1. L. Dejonghe: outline, text and photos
2. K. Wuyts: documentation and translation
3. Q. Ketelaars: layout
 
Last modified : August 14, 2013