The Musée de la Lessive (laundry museum) in Spa
Do you know how your grandmother and great grandmother used to do the laundry?
Do you know what products women used to wash clothes with before soap was invented? Why were numerous public wash-houses built in the middle of the 19th century? What is the ancestor to the iron? Why is laundry “grass bleached”? To get the answers to all of these questions and to learn about the way in which women (and very rarely men) did the laundry from the bygone era to the modern day, come and visit the laundry museum in Spa.
The museum conjures up the working conditions for women and the development of cloth whitening techniques. Visitors are invited to travel back in time throughout the 25 small exhibition rooms. They will discover the way in which women performed the “Great Steam” in the middle ages, an activity that lasted a whole week. Come and discover some of the very first washing machines created in the middle of the 19th century. When visiting the museum’s exhibition rooms, you can retrace the different steps involved in the evolution of technological progress. Numerous machines have been made operational and volunteer entertainers will turn them on in front of your very eyes.
After having washed the laundry, you need to iron it. Visitors will thus also have the opportunity of discovering irons and other, more unusual objects, such as a very old mangle. The museum breathes life into the development of soap and cloth whitening products.
Make the most of both an instructive, unusual and entertaining tour appealing to all age groups.
Parking available for cars and coaches in front of the museum.
Prices: €2 (per adult) and €1 (per child)