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The Stone Museum - Maffle

The museum is housed in the former house of a Quarry Master, Jean-Baptiste Durieux, at the heart of the disused quarries.

From the Middle Ages, blue stone was extracted and worked on in Maffle. This sedimentary rock from the Palaeozoic Era is very well suited to construction and sculpture. It does not crack in frost and is well adapted to the climate of our regions. It was also carbonised in lime kilns and cut to make kerbs or paving stones.

The museum recounts the local industry, but broadens the perspective to take in all the activities relating to stone work in Belgium and Europe. Visitors are shown extraction techniques, cutting and carving through machines, tools and visual documents. Transport techniques have changed since the Middle Ages, with increasing mechanisation (steam cranes, overhead cranes, industrial railways). The museum also shows the social conditions of the quarry workers (wages, work, clothes, housing) and quarry masters. A complement to the visit is the projection of films about working with stone or the social conditions of workers.

The museum is run by the Friends of the Stone Museum association, which publishes an annual Bulletin, and has also published a range of other documents (exhibition catalogues, monographs, conference proceedings).

A list of the publications is available at the museum, where visitors can also find works relating to work with stone. The documentation centre is open by appointment.

Educational activity:

"The Apprentice Stonemason" is a workshop aimed at children aged 8 to 12. It shows all the different techniques needed to make a bas-relief sculpture (using a template, measuring and carving). The apprentice stonemason will make use of different tools to sculpt a block of stone. The finished work can be taken home after the workshop.

Admission: €8 per child (max. 25 children per group). This includes a visit to the Stone Museum (45 min.) and the workshop (2 hours).

Opening times:

Open from 1/7 to 30/9: Sundays and public holidays : 2 > 6 p.m.
in July and August: Tuesday to Friday : 2 > 5 p.m.
The Museum is closed on the Sunday of the Ath ducasse festival.

Open all the year by appointment for groups.


2018 Adults Children Teacher
Individual 3 € 2,5 € free
Groups (with guide) 1 h 30 4,5 €/pers. 4 €/stud. free
Groups (with guide) 2 h 5,5 €/pers. 5 €/stud. free

Groups (15 to 25 persons)

Curator: Jean-Pierre Ducastelle

Chaussée de Mons, 419 - B-7810 Maffle

+32 (0)68/68.1300


The Stone Museum - Maffle