Prehisto Museum (Wallonia - Belgium)

This is the best ever place to go with kids in Belgium. For kids above 5 yrs onwards, this is perhaps the best place to introduce evolution, geography, physics, anthropology, archaeology and more, in a very very interesting, attention-grabbing way. This is Prehistomuseum in Flemalle, Liege. As I mentioned in the last post, it was raining too much the day we went and to see Prehistomuseum, which in a complete sense would take an entire day. We were there for a few hours and within that, I knew I had to come back here when Atyudarini is a bit older.


The museum is not entirely inside, its sprawling over a huge space that spans over greenery, water, and even a cave! The entire place has been set up to make it as much interactive as possible. The various sections have been named A to G, with G aptly being Grotto which means cave, my most favourite spot. So let me start with that.

The cave of Ramioul is a rather interesting place and with the rain, it felt like we were in a tropical rainforest than middle of Belgium! The entrance to the cave, is today made of a few steps. However originally the cave was formed due to constant dripping of water which caused erosion and corrosion. Again the cave is not in just 1 layer, but in 2 layers. The visit begins with the lower section, where during stone age, a river ran! A few skeletal remains of some animals have been retrieved here. However its believed that no animal would have lived here, but the river would have brought the remains and deposited them here.

Quite amusingly at a point here is a wedding gown! Well, an archaeologist who worked here, got so immersed in the exquisiteness of this place and decided to get married here. No, that gown isn't her wedding gown. Its merely symbolic.
Further ahead after a few more twists are turns is the spiral staircase to reach the upper level which is where human dwelling happened. Here are some interesting stalactites and stalagmites. Looking at the lighting here, I really couldn't help but be reminded of Borra Caves in Andhra Pradesh, India which was a severe disappointment in the way its maintained. I wish they maintained it like this!

The next place we visited was the area D for its Reconstructions. This is where we could try to live a life as how a prehistoric man would have lived. Various tasks could be done in accordance to the interest, physical ability, age and time. We were pressed for time and the best we could do was to try create fire with flints and dried leaves! The first strike of the flints together gave out the burning smell that brought back so many memories of my school days when I had rubbed pebbles together to create sparks of fire so many times! It was Mr.V this time to tried his hand on it and it was a very very very special moment - reason? It was the first ever time Atyudarini saw fire with her own eyes!!! She did try to touch it, but I didn't let her. But then, just like everyone else, she too would touch fire someday like everyone else and learn for sure that fire burns! There is no other way of learning it!!!

Another place within this vast expanse of a museum we visited was the indoor permanent exhibition called their Prehistory in Perspective (area B). This ofcourse had various bones, skeletons, tools etc of the era including splints from Spiennes, iron age swords, patterned pottery etc. I was guided by Mr.Leonard who interned at Spiennes! Also in this indoor region, happens various other events, temporary exhibition, workshops etc as well.

We actually reached here during lunch time and so, our first stop was ofcourse the ArcheoBistrot, the inhouse restaurant in the museum. As the name goes, its a very 'archeology' based restaurant. No, they are not into raw food and pre-historic food. Its more like inspired by pre-historic period. The actual food infact included even a burger and fries! Here's a thing - Indian Vegetarian means its eggless, Belgian vegetarian includes eggs & fish. So be very specific on your food requirements. Yes, being a special food to cater to our special needs, it did take a bit of time to finally reach our tables.

Other sections in the museum includes a botanical maze, hunting experience (no, not real animals; its more like archery to try hit bulleye in the shape of bear, rhino etc). farm experience (which is a long walk in barefoot and see first animals that were domesticated by man and experience how prehistoric man would have walked about). Sadly, being pressed for time and with the never-ending rain, these weren't possible when I went.

To Stay:
Hotels & B&Bs at all price points are available in Liege City Centre. 
Here’s my review of Hotel Neuvice, a renovated old building, where I stayed.

To Get There:
On Google Maps: Prehisto Museum
To reach LiègeRefer to my earlier post
To Prehisto Museum: From Guillemins: 19 km on N617
Bus no: 9 goes directly but its frequency is only once every hour with 35 mins travel time.


Entry Ticket & Timings:
€15 online; €19 onsite
Open everyday except Saturdays only during school holidays.
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (6:00 PM in summers)
Can be bought online at the website of Prehisto Museum



P.S: I was invited by Liège Tourisme and Wallonia Tourism to experience the city for review purposes, however the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.

Bhushavali N

An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.

20 comments:

  1. This kind of museum is more of experiential than just seeing the artifacts inside a closed glass case. You always amazed us with your unique travelogue!

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  2. Wow! This is both exciting and a bit scary. Also, I love your travel stories. They are unique and very interesting. I am such a fan. Looking forward to more of your posts.

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  3. Love the idea of a prehistoric cave! And you're right that we forget sometimes to ask about the definition of specific terms like "vegetarian" in a country. Looks like this was fun!

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  4. This is such a cool and interesting museum, I'd never have guessed it was in Belgium! Not sure I'd get married down there, but we're all different! So interesting to experience how a prehistoric man/woman would have lived too!

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  5. Wow, this museum looks fascinating. I'm sure my kids would love it. Although it looks more like a place one would find somewhere in tropical Asia, not in Belgium. :-)

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  6. This sounds awesome!!! I wish we had a museum like this where Im at. You just gave me a new bucketlist item. It'd be cool to learn this as you self guide through the tour, and I love the "start a fire" part not sure I'd b able too

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  7. I must say, these museums are very unique. I haven't seen or can imagine going inside a cave to see such unique items. And I am sure I'll be lost in that maze but would love to know more about the farm experience.

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  8. Oh wow! What a fun museum experience this must've been!!! I love how interactive it is and that you got to explore the surrounding green space not to mention you actually built a fire yourselves as well. Definitely changes my perception of museums and I'd for sure be interested in checking this out myself!

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  9. Atyudarini sounds a beautiful name.
    So many subjects (geography, physics, anthropology, archaeology ) in one place caught my interest almost instantly. The caves indeed look like Borra caves. That thing about wedding gown sounds fun. I am always intrigued by prehistoric things. I liked all the action here. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. You never stop exploring, do you? Now you made into the caves. There is so much in Belgium to see.

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  11. I like the idea of experiential museum. Trying to live a life of a prehistoric man sounds not only fun but educative as well.

    PS: Wondering what does Atyudarini mean? Lovely name. :-)

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  12. I have visited a few museums where anthropological evolution is displayed but all of those are in manmade theme parks. This one is made in a cave which makes it a fabulous combination. Must be a great place for kids who have just started reading about these.

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  13. photos are showing the beauty of that place... thanks for sharing..

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  14. What a great way to have a great outdoor trip while learning a lot about prehistory. The fact that all of this is also family friendly is truly a great plus!

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  15. This definitely sounds like an incredible experience. Keep sharing such amazing stories and keep inspiring.

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  16. This sounds like a very interesting museum, showcasing the lives of prehistoric men.

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    1. Hi @Bhushavali, have you been to Bora Caves in India. I feel this Prehistomuseum have a similar feel to it but it is true that the Bora Caves are not properly maintained. I kind of felt suffocated when I was roaming around the caves. I hope that was not the case in the Prehistomuseum ?

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    2. Hi Bhushavali, have you been to Bora Caves in India. I feel this Prehistomuseum have a similar feel to it but it is true that the Bora Caves are not properly maintained. I kind of felt suffocated when I was roaming around the caves. I hope that was not the case in the Prehistomuseum ?

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  17. Such an interesting and interactive museum!

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  18. I am always amazed to see, how you discover ancient sites and that too with your little one. It must be interesting to go inside 2 layered caves and explore those ancient ruins of human traces. I would also love to have lunch at archaeology museum restaurant but Indian vegetarian one.

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