An unusual trip into a very hidden side of Brussels


 

25.04.2018 > 06.10.18

Collector of traces

"I feel a strange fraternity between the graffiti and their erasure, and the human and natural traces that one can encounter in the sewers: a space for rejection, suppression, refusal, outer world". PAROLE
 

25.04.2018 > 06.10.18

Rebellious Moods

The Sewer Museum is proposing a campaign to collect photos, followed by a physical and virtual installation of different forms of graffiti expressed in toilets.
Le réseau d’égouts sous Bruxelles-Ville

The sewer network under the City of Brussels is nearly 350 km long! Thousands of m3 of waste water flow through these 350 km of underground drains and tunnels every day.

The Sewer Museum invites you on an unusual trip into a very hidden side of Brussels but which is absolutely vital for the running of the city.

And unlike other museums, this one is active, with the River Senne playing the leading role. A museum that tells the story of when, why and how the sewers were built, describes the jobs that people do in this underground world and explains the city's water cycle. 

La Senne ©E.Danhier The main sewer on the Chaussée de Mons ©E.Danhier The main sewer on the Chaussée de Mons 2©E.Danhier Room dedicated to sewage workers Room dedicated to sewage workers Room dedicated to sewage workers
In the event of heavy rain, for safety reasons, the Museum staff reserve the right to refuse access to the covered river and sewer.

Feel free to check out the museum website on the day of your visit to check whether the museum is fully accessible or not.    

Practical Tips

Location

Sewer Museum
Pavillons d’Octroi - Porte d’Anderlecht 
1000 Brussels
T. +32 (0)2 279 43 83

Transport

Trams 51 and 82
Bus 46
(Porte d’Anderlecht)

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Closed on Sundays and Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, 1 November, 11 November and 25 December

How to dress for a museum visit?

In dry weather, visitors can walk along one of the subterranean tunnels of the Senne and  the Chaussée de Mons drain, which is still in use.

These sections are regularly cleaned and no special clothing is required.
 

Tarifs

Individuel

< aged 18 & citizen of the City of Brussels 0€
Students, job seeker 4€
Seniors & groups 6€
Adults 8€

Guided tour

The Museum can be visited freely, in groups or on guided tours

Guided tours
€ 75/ week + entry per person
€ 90/ weekend + entry per person

Kids
ExploRATion notebook: a fun itinerary that accompanies the visit of 8-12 years old

+ 32 (0)2 279 43 67
service.educatif@brucity.be


Guided tour

The Museum can be visited freely, in groups or on guided tours

Kids
Exploration notebook: a fun itinerary that accompanies the visit of 8-12 years old
+ 32 (0)2 279 43 67
service.educatif@brucity.be

Adults 
Guided tour of the museum: discover when, why and how the sewers were built and the working conditions of the men in this underground world. Our team of guides is made up of former sewers and experienced historians. You choose! 

Duration: 1 h


Events

Collector of traces

Collector of traces

25/04/2018 > 06/10/2018

The Brussels graffiti artist PAROLE will take over the waste water collector on Chaussée de Mons. In this obscure environment where light and colour are rare, PAROLE intends to make visible the traces...
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Rebellious moods

Rebellious moods

25/04/2018 > 06/10/2018

TThe paradox of “public toilets” lies in the two words that are used to describe them: they are an intimate space that is sheltered from view, where we are by ourselves, but at the same time, they...
Read more

To know more

Here you can find more information on the museum and the educational materials:

A little history

See more

Kids (9-12 years)

Download pdf

Contact us


+32 (0)2 279 43 83

Staff

Isabelle Douillet-de Pange
Curator of the Museums of the City of Brussel
musea@brucity.be

Person responsible for the Sewer Museum :
aude.hendrick@brucity.be

 


Educational Department (reservations) : 
service.educatif@brucity.be
+ 32 2 279 43 67

Communications : 
vinciane.godfrind@brucity.be
+ 32 2 279 64 64
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25/04/2018 > 06/10/2018

Collector of traces

The Brussels graffiti artist PAROLE will take over the waste water collector on Chaussée de Mons. In this obscure environment where light and colour are rare, PAROLE intends to make visible the traces of the living, the passage of matter, the stories and the experiences of the sewer workers.

"I feel a strange fraternity between the graffiti and their erasure, and the human and natural traces that one can encounter in the sewers: a space for rejection, suppression, refusal, heterotopy, outer world". PAROLE

This work will also undergo the repeated assaults of floods and sewage that will gradually carry its message through the bowels of the city. PAROLE will offer several performances in order to adapt the drawing over time. (The dates will be specified on the site as and when).

 
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25/04/2018 > 06/10/2018

Rebellious moods

TThe paradox of “public toilets” lies in the two words that are used to describe them: they are an intimate space that is sheltered from view, where we are by ourselves, but at the same time, they are also a shared and very busy place. In theory, one doesn’t leave a trace, but since the dawn of time, some people feel the need to express their (own) mood, to sketch a suggestive or scatological drawing, sexual liberation not having put an end to the modesty which surrounds our bodily moods… The loos are one of the rare public places which avoid widespread surveillance. It is, therefore, possible to express oneself anonymously; without censorship or  risk.

The Sewer Museum is proposing a campaign to collect photos, followed by a physical and virtual installation of different forms of graffiti expressed in toilets. The communication campaign will invite the public to contribute to the collection of photos, words or drawings that engage, shock or move them from the toilets of bars and other public places.

 
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An unusual trip into a very hidden side of Brussels


 
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Le réseau d’égouts sous Bruxelles-Ville

The Sewer Museum invites you on an unusual trip into a very hidden side of Brussels but which is absolutely vital for the running of the city.

And unlike other museums, this one is active, with the River Senne playing the leading role. A museum that tells the story of when, why and how the sewers were built, describes the jobs that people do in this underground world and explains the city's water cycle. 

 
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The musuem in pictures

 
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Location

Sewer Museum
Pavillons d’Octroi - Porte d’Anderlecht 
1000 Brussels
T. +32 (0)2 279 43 83
Find us
 
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Transport

Trams 51 and 82
Bus 46
(Porte d’Anderlecht)

 
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Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Closed on Sundays and Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, 1 November, 11 November and 25 December
 
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How to dress for a museum visit?

In dry weather, visitors can walk along one of the subterranean tunnels of the Senne and  the Chaussée de Mons drain, which is still in use.

These sections are regularly cleaned and no special clothing is required.
 
 
Retour

To know more

Here you can find more information on the museum and the educational materials:

 
Retour

A little history

A little history

See more
 
Retour

Kids

Kids (9-12 years)

Download pdf
 
Retour

Sewer museum

 
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Contact

Contact us


+32 (0)2 279 43 83
 
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Staff

Isabelle Douillet-de Pange
Curator of the Museums of the City of Brussel
musea@brucity.be

Person responsible for the Sewer Museum :
aude.hendrick@brucity.be
 
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Médiation

 

Médiation : 
martin.angenot@brucity.be

Educational Department (reservations) : 
service.educatif@brucity.be
+ 32 2 279 43 67

Communications : 
vinciane.godfrind@brucity.be
+ 32 2 279 64 64
 
Retour

Individual

Individuel

< aged 18 & citizen of the City of Brussels 0€
Students, job seeker 4€
Seniors & groups 6€
Adults 8€
 
Retour

School / Kids

 
Retour

Guided tour

The Museum can be visited freely, in groups or on guided tours

Guided tours
€ 75/ week + entry per person
€ 90/ weekend + entry per person

Kids
ExploRATion notebook: a fun itinerary that accompanies the visit of 8-12 years old

+ 32 (0)2 279 43 67
service.educatif@brucity.be
 
Retour

Collector of traces

"I feel a strange fraternity between the graffiti and their erasure, and the human and natural traces that one can encounter in the sewers: a space for rejection, suppression, refusal, outer world". PAROLE
 
Retour

Rebellious Moods

The Sewer Museum is proposing a campaign to collect photos, followed by a physical and virtual installation of different forms of graffiti expressed in toilets.