Ecomuseum of the Avesnois

The Écomusée de l'Avesnois is a 'Musée de France' located in the heart of two former industrial sites in the textile and glass industries, emblematic of the Avesnois-Thiérache region: the former Prouvost-Masurel spinning mill in Fourmies and the former Parant glassworks in Trélon. Within this remarkable architectural heritage, the collections showcase industrial and ethnological heritage from the 19th century to the present day.

MTVS - Musée du textile et de la vie sociale (Museum of Textiles and Social Life)
Fourmies was the principal centre of the woollen textile industry in France in the second half of the 19th century. The museum houses in the single-storey former Prouvost-Masurel wool-spinning mill which worked between 1874 and 1970. All the principal stages in the manufacture of woollen cloth are explained in exhibitions that include more than 100 machines, mostly from the period 1880-1900, and from mills in the region.

AMV - Atelier-Musée du verre (Glass Workshop Museum)
The site of the glass factory in Trélon (Rue Clavon Collignon 12) is an outstanding heritage, one of the few buildings preserved from the industrial history of the region. Architecturally, the site known as the hall, a metal architecture of the Eiffel type, has not been subject to any major requalification since it was opened as a museum in 1980. Its authenticity and its installations have been largely preserved. It is listed as a Historic Monument.

Ecomuseum of the Avesnois
Écomusée de l’Avesnois
Place Maria Blondeau BP65
59612 Fourmies
+33 (0) 327 - 606611

Recommended duration of visit:2 Hours
Duration of a guided tour:60 Minutes
Access for persons with disabilities:Available
Infrastructure for children:
Visitor centre on site:yes
Gift and book shop on site:yes

Museum of Textiles and Social Life, Fourmies
Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday, Sunday, public holidays 2pm-6pm

Glass Workshop Museum, Trelon
March to November
Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday, Sunday, public holidays 2pm-6pm

  • Guided tours optional
  • Tours in other languages
  • Guided tours for children