Strong women, clean clothes

One hundred and fifty years of clothes-washing: a survey

The development of clothes-washing has been marked by great technical ingenuity since the mid-19th century. The mechanisation of manual labour, the historical importance of muscle power and the gradual improvement of the tools employed are all highlighted in this exhibition.

Through the history of laundry, visitors discover the links between different developments in society: changes in the nature of housework, the emergence of domestic utilities, women’s emancipation, and so on.

Roll up your sleeves!

Special attention has been paid in the design of this exhibition to interactivity, in the form of several hands-on activities. All visitors – big and small – are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in.

Kids can go on a treasure hunt with Molly the moth.


Every weekday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, from April to September also at the weekend and on public holidays from 10:00 AM to 17:00 PM
Translation of texts in French and English.
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the MOT, Location Guldendal - Guldendal 20, 1850 Grimbergen
02 270 81 11 or

© Walter De Mulder, 1962