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KIK-IRPA Open Day 2024 (sold out)

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the study, inventory and conservation-restoration of precious objects from Belgium's cultural heritage at our Open Day on Thursday, March 14.

The open day is full. Registration is no longer possible.

Date and time
14 March 2024 10:00 - 18:00
KIK-IRPA, Brussels
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Are you fascinated by art, culture and science? At the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage's Open Day, you will discover all the finer points of heritage conservation and restoration:

How does restoration work? What is dendrochronology? Do you have historical photos from my municipality? How do you make a radiograph of a painting? How do you determine the composition of medieval paint? And how do you tell the difference between an original artwork and a forgery?

Our passionate restorers, art historians, chemists and photographers leave no question unanswered. Let your eyes wander in the restoration studios displaying a wide range of artworks, discover how radioactive particles reveal the age of an object, or how to use ultraviolet or infrared light to visualise the invisible. At the Institute, years of experience and cutting-edge technology go hand in hand to safeguard the future of historic monuments and works of art from all over Belgium.

Practical information

Address: Parc du Cinquantenaire 1, 1000 Brussels

We will be open continuously from 10am to 6pm.

Presentation of your e-ticket at the entrance of the Institute is mandatory.

When registering online, you had to specify a time slot. This is only valid for the start of your visit. Your visit may last longer.

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