This unique museum takes you on an extraordinary journey under the ground. You will learn more about the hidden river of Brussel, the Senne, take a walk on the banks of a sewer collector for about fifty meters, learn more about the water cycle in the city and discover how the sewer workers – our underground heroes – do the maintenance and repair our sewer system.
The museum is housed in two former neoclassical-style granting pavilions. Photos, models and various objects reveal the importance of what is happening under our feet. From the open-air Senne to its 19th century vault, archival photos offer a glimpse into its tumultuous history. This hidden river is revealed for about forty meters. The visitors can also walk along the banks of a sewer collector – always in service – for about fifty meters.
The museum aims to raise awareness around the water management in the city, the impact of soil sealing and climate change, the crucial role of the sewer workers and how the sewer network is built as well as the functioning of the wastewater treatment plants.
These topics are addressed during guided visits with very different publics: adults, schools, families, differentiated publics... In addition, the museum proposes workshops or activities during the holidays or events (Brussels Water Days, Museum Nights, Heritage Days,..).
Since recently, the museum also wants to propose scientific activities for instance: measuring the water quality of the river Senne.
Rattus norvegicus is the name of an often not very appreciated rodent that elected domicile in our sewer network. But, who is he and how does he live? It turns out we know more about polar bears than about our own urban rats. This exhibition will inform you about the ecology and behavior of Rattus norvegicus and his complicated love-hate relations with humans. Opening: 15 September 2023