Beer anybody? This is a window onto the history of science, botany, society, art and communication.
It's difficult to imagine that only women brewed and distributed beer 7,000 years ago. That, for several centuries, the great beers made in abbeys were the drink of choice among those with a zest for the good things in life. That great 19th-century artists designed extravagant advertising posters for beer. And that today, industrial brewing in stainless steel vats is subject to the most rigorous laboratory testing.
You can go on this long journey through time and space at the Beer Museum (Musée de la Bière) in Stenay. Housed in a 16th-century food store that became a malting in the 19th century, the museum conjures up the world of beer and brewing through a collection of more than 53,000 items displayed over an area of more than 2,500 sq. metres.
Children and adults each have their own trail but the surroundings are equally delightful for both.
Children and adults can follow an interactive trail that's real fun, with games, sound bytes, films, tableaux and replicas to understand what the world of brewing is all about. At the end of the trail, there is a magnificent botanic garden with Lorraine's only hop field.
Experts can ask to see the 200 sq. metre reserve in which the museum stores items from the collection that cannot be displayed in the museum (90%). A Documentation Centre containing more than 20,000 documents provides additional information.
The museum is also an active cultural centre hosting temporary exhibitions on a range of subjects every year, as well as a programme of concerts and talks.
La Taverne du Musée and its shop:
After drinking in all that information about beer and brewing in the museum's themed rooms, you'll never look at a glass of beer in the same way again!
You might, however, feel like experiencing the warm, friendly atmosphere in the Taverne du Musée and trying one of the 70 frothy, coloured beers on offer.
And for even more impact, why not delight your tastebuds with local products, or purchase gift boxes or hampers for your nearest and dearest.
Meals available at the Taverne du Musée.
Selection of different beer tastings.
Range of educational workshops for school groups.
Group 3,50 €