Less than 15 minutes’ drive south of Charleroi, the Musée du Verre (Museum of Glass) is one of Wallonia’s most unusual and fascinating museums. Located in the UNESCO-listed Bois du Cazier – the region’s historic mining area, the impressive museum explores not only the history of glass and glass-making but also traces the development of the industrial revolution in Belgium. The glass tradition in the area dates back to the 17th century, when the first local glass factory was opened in 1621, and the museum’s 700-piece collection retraces some 5,000 years of art, history and technology.