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Charleroi Main Attractions

Museum of Fine Arts and Jules Destree Museum
Those two museums are located in the Charleroi Town Hall and complement each other in terms of their collection.

The Museum of Fine Arts offers a rich collection that covers the main artistic schools in Belgium from the 19th century to the 20th century: neo-classicism, realism, social realism, impressionism, expressionism, surrealism and abstract art, with some famous names like Navez, Portaels, Rops, Meunier, Paulus, Boch, Magritte and Delvaux.

The Jules Destrée (previous Minister of Science and Arts) houses archives, works, documents and miscellaneous items from a man with a rich, multifaceted personality and dates from the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th century. This museum highlights his approach to life and work that is still very much present in debates and in our political, cultural, and ethical life. This site is therefore a laboratory of his experience and reflection that allows everyone to appreciate the rich cultural and intellectual legacy handed down to future generations.

Bois du Cazier
The Bois du Cazier is the location of a mining disaster that took place on 8 August 1956, in which 262 men of 12 different nationalities lost their lives.

Glass Museum
The Glass Museum traces the origin and history of glass, the development of its use, and its decoration, its composition, specific characteristics and its applications today. A remarkable collection of glasswork covers the history of this material, from the urns and blown plates of the early days of our era, to contemporary sculptures, including the highly ornate glass of Venice, the scintillating crystal of the 19th century, the delicate etched glass of Germany and Bohemia and the splendours of Art Nouveau. One section is devoted to the history of the technology of both hollow glass and flat glass. Temporary exhibition rooms, a library and audiovisual documentaries provide extra insight.
Location: Bois du Cazier (See above).

Photography Museum
The Museum is located in the former Carmelite monastery of Mont-sur-Marchienne.
It covers the entire history of photography until more recent contemporary developments. The museum offers glimpses into the field of aesthetic research, the struggles of humanists, and artistic movements, along with the development of photographic technique.
This look at some aspects of history through the camera lens reveals the rich and dynamic world of photography.
A specialized library and a documentation centre are open to students and researchers, and an educational service offers a fun and creative approach to photography in the Discovery Area and through different forms of entertainment

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