Roubaix, once the capital of the textile industry, has found new uses for its factories. The museum is a wonderful example of this: it used to be a swimming pool,a veritable Art-Deco masterpiece built between 1927 and 1932 by local architect Albert Baert. The vast 11,000 m2 space still seems to echo with the shrieks of swimmers of yore. Visitors flock in to see the exceptional collection of arts applied in industry, including fabrics, decorative artwork, sculptures, paintings and drawings. In the museum's main room, the swimming pool hall, light comes in through stain-glassed windows representing the rising and setting sun. Life-sized statues in single file adorn the pool, still filled with water, and surround the changing rooms, bathrooms and shower cabins. Large-scale temporary exhibitions are put on all through the year.