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This museum has been totally redesigned in recent years, and now gives a thorough and attractive picture of all aspects of life in the French-speaking part of Belgium.
Of course this includes the boom of heavy industry in the nineteenth century and the painful process of de-industrialization in the twentieth.
There are also comprehensive exhibits on social and religious issues and on the development of education in the region, including an authentic elementary school classroom from the early twentieth century.
Quite a bit of space is also devoted to the history of Walloonian activism, which led to the establishment of the semi-autonomous Walloon Region in 1980.
I left the museum feeling that I had learned a lot about this corner of Europe, but my impression is that life in Wallonia is not particularly unique, in fact it seems quite similar to life in the neighboring regions of Germany, France and the Netherlands and even (Shhh! Don?t tell them I said this!) quite similar to life in the rival Belgian region of Flanders, just up the road.
Second photo: Courtyard of the monastery of the Friars Minor, where the museum is located.
Third photo: Inside the Museum of Walloon Life.
Address: Cour des Mineurs, 4000 Liège
Directions: GPS 50°38'48.74" North; 5°34'34.11" East
Phone: 04 237 90 40
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