Brussels Observation #2: Men Work in Sewers

I spot the museum from across the street. I bounce inside and see two mid-age men in blue sweaters and caps behind the counter. Trying to hide my surprise, I exclaim that I'm here to visit the museum. “Welcome!” they reply. We all laugh. At that moment I knew I was in for a treat. … Continue reading Brussels Observation #2: Men Work in Sewers

Brussels Observation #1: Women and the Museums Where They Gather

I recently visited Brussels and a few of its museums. I learned about musical instruments, the history of the Belgian federation, gender and society in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Belgium, sewers and the men who work in them, and the unaccompanied young migrants who arrive in Belgium every day. I often sat in museum cafés to … Continue reading Brussels Observation #1: Women and the Museums Where They Gather