Nested in the magnificent 17thcentury vaulted rooms of the Ferme castrale, this museum houses a collection of nearly 1,200 rare or singular objects, furniture and paintings, covering a wide range of subjects related to gastronomy and tobacco, from Antiquity to the present day. The eclecticism of the exhibits, such as the porte-fidibus, the zageman, the bousillé, the cabinet à mouches, arouses visitors’ interest, while the guide invites them to guess the use of these curiosities, making the visit spicy and entertaining.
Museum tours are always guided, allowing visitors to be accompanied by a guide who tells the story of cooking in a captivating and humorous way, while adapting to his audience.
Complementing the museum is Belgium’s largest gastronomy library, bringing together over 20,000 cookery books and thousands of other documents. It is one of Europe’s largest libraries on this theme, covering various subjects such as food, tableware and tobacco. These works can be consulted by prior written request and appointment.
The museum’s tavern features old recipes from this impressive collection of works, offering a true culinary immersion in the past.
In addition, the museum organizes guided walks to explore a particular gastronomic heritage: edible wild plants.