Musée des Égouts de Bruxelles


Established in one of the two former city toll offices, built in neo-classical style in 1835 and 1836 and designed by A. Payen, the Sewers Museum of Brussels gives an overview of the city’s evolution in terms of public sanitation. These rather small buildings, formerly used to collect a toll on goods entering the city and to check people’s papers, were closed down after the toll was abolished in 1860. They now provide access to the main sewer and the one on the eastern side became the sewer museum in 1988, while the other building is used by the sewer workers.

Location of Sewers Museum of Brussels:


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Photos of Musée des Égouts de Bruxelles:

The entrance building to the Sewers Museum of Brussels

The city of Brussels has a gigantic subterranean sewers network of 320 km

Roaming around the underworld

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Collecting sewage from the Chaussée de Mons

The sewage stream

Back into the underground maze

The neon lights gives an idea of the intense mosquito activity

Vintage hydraulic wagon

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Exiting from another former city toll offices


3 Responses to “Musée des Égouts de Bruxelles”
  1. Mathias Will 16 November 2009 at 11:54 pm #

    Hi, very interesting-I would like to know if everybody has acces to the system?

    • admin 11 December 2009 at 6:53 pm #

      For a small entrance fee you can go and wonder a bit around but it's limited of course to some section.

  2. Tamara 6 October 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Hi there, these pictures are great! I am looking for some pictures of the sewers to use for our magazine – would you mind sending me an email to let me know how we might be able to go about it?

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