In 1997, the former Crachet colliery was chosen to accommodate a major development to disseminate scientific and technical culture in a region marked by the mining and industrial crisis. Today The Pass has become – after its rehabilitation orchestrated by the architect Jean Nouvel – an interdisciplinary centre that helps decode the social, technical and economic changes that revolutionise everyday life.
In Houdeng-Aimeries, 6 km from La Louvière, the Eco-museum has been installed on the former Bois-du-Luc mining site, one of the best preserved industrial heritage sites in Europe.
Bois-du-Luc also represents 300 years of the history of workers from all geographical backgrounds explained during a visit that is as moving as it is instructive and pleasant. The site is classified as a Wallonia Exceptional Heritage site.
Bois du Cazier
To the south of Charleroi, on the edge of the region between the Sambre and the Meuse, Bois du Cazier has become a place of living encounters set against a background of industrial heritage.
The site of a major mining disaster, it has been redeveloped in the form of a complete museum devoted to coal, steel and glass exhibited in three areas.
Communauté d’Agglomération d’Hénin-Carvin - CAHC
The Communauté d’Agglomération Hénin-Carvin is an inter-communal group involving 14 municipalities. Its mission is to share resources and equipment in order to provide a better service to its inhabitants and to facilitate the introduction of new economic activities. It has no hesitation in undertaking ambitious projects to create value from the history of the mining basin and its remarkable cultural and mining heritage.
The Mission Bassin Minier Nord-Pas-de-Calais
The Mission Bassin Minier Nord-Pas de Calais is a regional development engineering tool created in the context of the "after mining" project that was part of the 2000-2006 Government-Region Plan Contract, the contract having been renewed for the period 2007-2012. Supported by all its partners, the Mission collaborates amongst other things in the region’s sustainable urban development and in the development and enhancement of the region’s mining heritage in terms of its buildings and its natural and cultural environment.
Lille Natural History Museum
The only major museum institution of this type in the Nord-Pas de Calais Region, the Natural History Museum has during the course of its history of over 150 years accumulated successive collections, which now form four large collections based around the following themes : geology, zoology, ethnography, industry and commerce. The Museum has a dynamic policy of permanent and temporary exhibitions.