Three emblematic museums of the German-speaking community
We propose a journey through the atypical history of three municipalities with a visit to three museums.
The Pottery Museum Raeren is located in the impressive Raeren Castle. In the 14thth and 15th centuries, the municipality of Raeren was a major centre for pottery, and its works were exported around the world. The museum places a particular emphasis on archaeological discoveries that were made in the village, Roman pottery and historical stoneware that was made in the Rhine region and eastern Germany. Since 2007, Raeren stoneware, the Pottery Museum and its collections have been labelled European Cultural Heritage.
The Eupen City Museum invites you to discover the city's golden age in the 18th century. At that time, the city was a drapery hub, and enjoyed international renown. The exhibit will immerse you in the everyday life of the residents during the industrial era. In addition to the museum, the picturesque 17th-century house is home to various exhibits on clockmaking, gold- and silversmithing and even carnival costumes. Enough to discover the capital of the German-speaking community from many different aspects!
The Vieille Montagne Museum in La Calamine (German: Kelmis) invites you on a journey through 103 years of history. The mining of zinc ore (once called "calamine", giving the town its name) enabled the neutral territory of Moresnet to join the industrial adventure of the 19th century. The museum in the former management building of the mine presents this unusual industrial history in a playful and interactive way.