Avenue Hoover, 63
Phone: +32 2 654 19 23
Fax: +32 67 64 73 86

Musée De L'Eau Et De La Fontaine


Water flows once again from ancient fountains:
In a place over flowing with poetry and nostalgia, we are transported back to a time in which water was the soul of village life, the centre of activity, and consequently the place for much social contact and exchange.

The museum illustrates the development of water distribution from the earliest times to the present day, with its significant collection of ancient water supply systems and objects.

The museum also demonstrates the working of a pump, the way in which liquid waste is treated, and presents a working model of the water cycle, bringing this essential aspect of existence to life, for children and adults alike

 Permanent Collection Highlights (8)

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Permanent Collection

The museum’s collection of fountains, objects and water supply systems includes

Water filters for domestic use
Water carrying tools and objects
Indoor fountains
Street and roadside fountains
Wooden water pipes
Hydraulic systems
A section of the first cast-iron water pipe, installed at Versailles in 1668
Water cycle demonstration


Adults: 3€
Children (6-12 year olds): 1.50€
Concessions (seniors, young person cardholders): 2.50€

Opening hours

Open every weekday from 9.30am to 12pm and from 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Open on weekends and public holidays from 10am to 6pm

Getting there

BY RAIL: Genval station is served by the Ottignies / Louvain-la-Neuve / Brussels line and the Brussels / Ottignies / Louvain-la-Neuve line.

BY ROAD: From the North of France, take the E19, and the Ro-Ring Est exit, in the direction of Brussels and Waterloo. From Waterloo, take exit 21 (Lasne-Lion), and then the N5, followed by the N253 in the direction of La Hulpe Genval.

From Brussels, take exit 3 (Genval / Terhulpen / Overijse) or exit 4 (Rosieres).

From Namur, take exit 4 (Rosieres) or exit 5 (Rixensart / Bierges) and follow signs to “Lac de Genval


The museum shop sells souvenirs, postcards and numerous publications on the subject of water and fountains.

The museum also has an onsite documentation centre, containing numerous publications, memoirs, archival documents, historical and technical papers. The centre is open during museum opening hours, by prior appointment only.

Please contact Jean-Pierre COURTOIS, on +32 2 654 19 23


Guided visits are available for groups and individuals.


Groups of 20 visitors of more must make a booking with the museum.
Guided visits for groups last approximately 90 minutes, and must be booked with the museum in advance. Visits are available in French, English and Dutch.


Adapted school group visits and activities are available. Please contact the museum for information and reservations.