Cour des Mineurs
Regional Ethnology Technique
The Museum of the Walloon Lifestyle aims to collect objects and documents relating to the everyday life and traditional crafts of the Walloons. The establishment is dedicated to the folklore and ethnography of the region where Roman dialects are still spoken.
What can be found in the Museum?
- traditional family settings of the Walloons
- everyday objects, utensils and furnishings
- reconstructions of workshops and small traditional crafts: blacksmith, wheelers, coopers (barrel makers) etc.
- old agricultural equipment
- tableware, basketry, crystal glass objects,
- traditional puppets
- Van Marcke porcelains
- the Max Elskamp collection of sundials
- the potteries of Leopold Harze
The collections of the Museum of the Walloon Lifestyle are kept and presented in the former Convent of the Mining Brotherhood (Frères Mineurs), in Hors-Château, in the heart of the city of Liège. Originating from around 1240, the initial buildings were replaced by new constructions in the 17th century, in the `mosan´ (Meuse region) style of the Renaissance. Seriously damaged during WWII, the buildings were restored in 1966 and 1970.