Vlaams Mijnmuseum/Flemish Mining Museum
Koolmijnlaan 201, Beringen, Belgium
www.steenkool.be - +3211421552
Vlaams Mijnmuseum/Flemish Mining Museum Beringen Reviews
industrial heritage at its best Feb 19, 2013
In 1901 coal was discovered in the Limburg underground. In the following years seven large-scale coalmines were opened in the region (Winterslag, Beringen, Eisden, Waterschei, Zwartberg, Zolder and Houthalen) which employed a maximum of 45.000 people. During the 1980s however they were gradually closed. In 1992 Zolder, the final Belgian coalmine, closed its doors.
The Mining Museum is situated on the terrain of the coalmine of Beringen,the biggest site of industrial heritage in Flanders and the best preserved mining site in Europe. Visitors are guided by former coalminers, who give an enthusiast and colorful account of the daily work at a coalmine while following their daily route to work through the buildings. Since the mining shafts are filled, an underground visit is not possible, but a reconstruction of an underground pillar gives an indication of the working conditions. In the museum itself, all kinds of objects and photos give an account of the work and the social life surrounding the coalmine. In the surrounding area a visit to the old company town, inspired by the ideas of the garden city, is an absolute must. So are the Saint-Theodarduschurch (also built by the coalmine) and the Fatih-mosque.Finally a walk on the terril (slag mountain) gives a fantastic view of the surrounding area and with good weather of the other coalmines. And be sure to have a 'Koolputtersbier', a pitch-black beer specially brewed for the museum.
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