The archaeological objects of the collection are presented to the public at the Halles Saint-Géry in several showcases on the ground floor. The alternation of themes in the largest showcase makes it possible to show a multitude of objects from daily life, from prehistory to the present day. This showcase is currently dedicated to a selection of discoveries made in 2019 during the archaeological research in the Impasse Saint-Nicolas, at a stone’s throw from the Grand-Place. At the end of the plot there was a white stone well dating from the second half of the 15th century. It was emptied to a depth of two and a half metres below the ground floor level. Its filling contained a wealth of material (ceramics, stoneware, earthenware, porcelain, glass, pipes, etc.), mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries.

The objects presented in the showcase dedicated to the breweries bear witness to the importance of the 160 or so breweries located in the centre of Brussels from the Middle Ages until the 20th century. These were mainly located near the Senne river and its many tributaries and branches. And the suburbs were not to be outdone, notably Forest, Ixelles and Molenbeek. For centuries, the brewing industry played a leading role both economically and socially. The prosperity of this industry has largely contributed to that of the capital. A history of production and tasting that these objects allow us to understand…

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