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KIK-IRPA Open Day 2023

Fascinated by art, culture and science?

Date and time
02 March 2023 10:00 - 17:00
KIK-IRPA, Brussels

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.

"I find it very enriching. The people working here in the different departments are very open. You can feel that they want to share their profession and their passion. They are open to all kinds of questions and that is really very interesting!"

Melanie, 24, visitor during the 2019 open house


We are open continuously from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. However, advance registration is required. When you register, you will be asked to designate a time block. This time block applies only to the start of your visit. There are seven one-hour time blocks. Your visit itself may certainly be longer.

Are you coming as a group (> 10 people) and would like an introduction to our general operation? Please let us know your arrival time via

Open Day Eventbrite

Upcoming KIK-IRPA events

The Archduchess Isabella (1566-1633). Artistic Agency between Madrid and the Southern Netherlands

12 September 2024 09:00 - 13 September 2024 16:00 - Instituto Cervantes & Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels

The twenty-third Art History Seminar of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) is organised in collaboration with the research project AGENART at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). It will take place on 12th-13th September 2024 at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage and at the Instituto Cervantes, both in Brussels, highlighting various fascinating aspects of the artistic patronage of the remarkable woman who was the Archduchess Isabella, who lived in Madrid and Brussels between 1566 and 1633.

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