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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

Summer School 2024: Saving energy for cultural heritage institutions

01 July 2024 09:00 - 12 July 2024 18:00 - KIK-IRPA, Brussels

The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) is organizing an international Summer School in partnership with The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).

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Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders 2024 – Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture

23 June 2024 00:00 - 03 July 2024 00:00 - Belgium

Annually, the Summer Course brings a select group of 18 highly qualified young researchers to Flanders. They are offered an intensive 11-day programme of lectures, discussions, and visits related to a specific art historical period of Flemish art. The 8th edition of the Summer Course will focus on ‘Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture’. It will be held from 23 June until 3 July 2024.

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