Tourist Center for Wool & Fashion
Aqualaine includes the Tourist Center for Wool and Fashion (CTLM – Centre Touristique de la Laine et de la Mode) and the Bonvoisin building, itself home to the Water House (ME – Maison de l’Eau).
Housed in the former neo-classical manufacture of Thier (early 19th century), the CTLM explains the different stages of the process of elaboration of woolen cloth through the permanent show-track entitled “From thread to fashion”. Equipped with an audio guide (optional), we dive into the era of the wool industry at its peak.
After the surprising collection of machine tools, witnesses of the industrial past of Verviers, comes the course devoted to fashion: costumes, comics and films illustrate and punctuate the great moments of the history of clothing. The brilliantly renovated building, accessible to all, including people with reduced mobility, regularly hosts temporary exhibitions.
The ME (Water House) is located about 200 meters from the CTLM and invites to a poetic walk over the water in an old factory, the last remaining example of a proto-factory.
It is an immersion in scenographic spaces and in reconstructions of historical decorations that await the visitor. He thus travels in time and in the atmosphere of the glorious era of the textile industry in Verviers, thanks to the machines and testimonies of textile workers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The visit takes place with a guide animator or with an audio guide (available in French, Dutch, German or English).
For school groups, teachers can download the files of each educational event proposed by the Centre Touristique de la Laine et de la Mode.
The CTLM team welcomes your groups for the discovery of the show trail.
– accompanied by a professional guide for a package of 50 € (in French) / 55 € (German, English or Dutch), maximum 25 people per guide)
– with an audio guide (available in 4 languages: FR-NL-EN-DE)
On request, the cafeteria is available for groups for picnics / snacks. Thanks to the cooperation with various representatives of the local gastronomy, it is also possible to have breakfast or tea at the CTLM.
There are different options available, you choose the one that will drool your taste buds!
People with specific needs
We welcome people who move in a wheelchair. For an optimal reception, a maximum of 7 wheelchairs per tour (on reservation!).
rue de la Chapelle 30 B – 4800 Verviers