"The home of rural life and
the trades of yesteryear" is the way used to describe the
museum that was recently opened at Han-sur-Lesse at the initiative of Joseph
Baijot, a building contractor.
This museum perfectly depicts the rural world, where people lived off the land and the forest. From the moment you step inside, you will discover every aspect of rural life, with its country folk as rough but kindly witnesses, the enthusiastic craftsman hard at work, and the rites and liturgy of work well done. Characters who are large than life and appear so alive, even though they are frozen in time, that the reconstruction is true down to the very last detail.
You will discover the mystique of the countryside expressed in rich and gripping detail here. And the mystery of this land that united in the past with the natural elements to challenge the peasants of the Ardennes, Famenne and other areas and which needed careful and continuous care.
Each trade, whether it was the cobbler's or the baker's, or whether it involved working with their hands or with their spirit, was filled with beauty and grandeur. This splendid museum clearly illustrates this and each craftsman is depicted in his setting and surrounded by his tools and the items he made.
Rue des Grottes, 14 - 5580 Han-sur-Lesse
Tel.: 084/34 59 08 - 061/58 91 52 - Fax: 084/34 59 08
Site web : http://www.maison-viepaysanne.be/
Schedules of opening
Winter: (November, December, January, February and March):
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: from 13.00 to 18.00 hours, or by appointment.
Summer: (April, May, June, September and October):
Every day, except Mondays, from 10.00 to 18.00 hours.
July and August: every day from 10.00 to 18.00 hours.