We are the people of the canal

COOP lets you come and experience the canal districts of Brussels. Here, populations, activities, buildings and the environment are transforming at a dizzying speed. Since the industrial revolution, a Brussels culture has been emerging along the canal.  A distinctive personality, a popular culture and an unexpected city are developing here. One head, two working hands, and the urge to do something! This is what’s special about those who’ve been settling in the canal districts to build a future for the last two centuries. Permanent exhibition, workshops, active walks and joint projects invite you to imitate the genius of the canal folk!

Let’s do it together! This is the COOP’s motto.


Porte de Ninove, 1891



COOP is located along the canal in Anderlecht, in the heart of the industrial district which earned Belgium and Brussels the rank of fourth industrial power at the beginning of the 20th century.  COOP welcomes you in a beautifully renovated former factory. Established in 1904, the Moulard mill is a building that perfectly illustrates the industry and dynamism of the canal populations. The Fernand Demets quay, the centre of Molenbeek, the district of Cureghem and the area beyond the long curve of the canal are waiting to be discovered.

Active pedagogy, citizenship awareness and cooperation.

COOP wishes to contribute to a fair, free and fair society. This declaration finds particular resonance in the canal districts of Brussels given the social and economic difficulties of the populations. COOP allows everyone to better understand how these districts have developed, to grasp the social, economic and cultural challenges of today and to imagine the roles needed to be an active citizen of tomorrow. Experimentation with active pedagogy and practical group workshops aim to develop the spirit of cooperation and initiative among visitors. These are intended for children, school groups and associations. COOP is a tool available to associations, schools and collectives that have positive projects for the future of the canal’s districts. This co-programming and cooperative approach within the COOP ensures we have the best chance of success!