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"Museum of Public Transport" Top 5 Page for this destination Liège Transportation Tip by Nemorino

Liège Transportation: 32 reviews and 99 photos

  1. The Transport Museum at dusk
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  • 1. The Transport Museum at dusk - Liège
      1. The Transport Museum at dusk
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  • 2. Horse-drawn carriage and tram - Liège
      2. Horse-drawn carriage and tram
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  • 3. Horses and trams - Liège
      3. Horses and trams
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  • 4. Horse drawn platform for fixing overhead wires - Liège
      4. Horse drawn platform for fixing overhead wires
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  • 5. Old tram, not yet restored & repainted - Liège
      5. Old tram, not yet restored & repainted
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The French name of this museum is Musée des Transport en commun du Pays de Liège. It is located in the old tram depot in the district of Vennes-Fétinne.

The museum includes public transport vehicles from two centuries, starting with a horse-drawn stage-coach (diligence) and including horse-drawn trams, electric trams, buses and trolleybuses. When I was there in 2001 they also had a temporary exhibit called “5000 years of the history of the wheel” in cooperation with the archeological museum and the Museum of Wallonian Life.

The transport museum is open nine months a year, from March 1 to November 30, from 10:00 to 12:00 in the mornings and from 13:30 to 17:00 in the afternoons. On weekends and public holidays it is only open in the afternoons from 14:00 to 18:00.

As of 2011, the regular entrance fee was 4 Euros (3 Euros for students and seniors), including an interesting and comprehensive audio guide.

Second photo: A horse-drawn stagecoach, known in French as a diligence, was the kind of vehicle that Victor Hugo travelled in when he came to Liège as a tourist in 1840. Unlike many of the other passengers, Hugo enjoyed sitting outside on one of the upper seats of the impériale, where he could have a better view of the passing landscape. He wrote:

Yesterday at nine in the morning, as the coach from Liège to Aix-la-Chapelle [=Aachen] was getting ready to leave, a good Wallonian citizen caused an uproar by refusing to climb up to his seat on the impériale. The energy of his resistance reminded me of an Auvergnian peasant who said he had paid to be in the box, not on the roof. I offered to trade places with this worthy traveler; I climbed up onto the roof, peace was restored and the diligence departed. I was very pleased. The road was cheerful and charming.

(From Letter VIII of Le Rhin by Victor Hugo, my translation.)

From his seat up on the roof of the stage coach, Victor Hugo had a clear view not only of the lovely countryside, but also of the many construction sites where bridges and tunnels were being built for a new means of transportation that would soon replace the stagecoach entirely – the new railroad that was being built from Liège to Verviers.

Third photo: Horses and trams.

Fourth photo: A horse-drawn platform for installing and repairing overhead wires.

Fifth photo: And old tram, not yet restored and repainted.

Rue Richard Heintz, 9 - 4020 Liège
GPS 50°37'42.46" North; 5°35'0.77" East

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Phone: +32 (0)4 361 94 19
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  • Updated Jun 21, 2014
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