Walking tour

Colourful Heysel/ Heizel: exploring the colours of Expo 1958 and the plastic design collection of the ADAM – Brussels Design Museum

From Expo 1958 to the plastic design collection at the ADAM – Brussels Design Museum, find out how the colours used for a building, a room or even an everyday object can profoundly influence how it is perceived. Explore the Heysel/Heizel plateau and immerse yourself in the colourful scene of the Brussels World’s Fair 1958 (Expo 1958) staged there, taking a look at how colour was used in the pavilions, visual communication, lighting, flags, cable-car cabins and other decorative features at this event. Your next stop is the ADAM – Brussels Design Museum, a repository and showcase for plastic design from the 1950s to the present day. Whether plastics are malleable or rigid, their shapes and highly distinctive colours make them stand out. As you visit the ADAM, you can take part in a fun activity for children and families and learn about the colours in the collection, find out more about the items on display and think about why the designers chose the colours they did.

In cooperation with Laeken Discovery and the ADAM – Brussels Design Museum.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 14:00 (French), 13:30 (Dutch) (duration: 2 hours).

Starting point: at the foot of the Atomium, Square de l’Atomium/Atomiumplein, Brussels-Laeken/Laken

Advance booking required: e-mail Up to 25 people per tour.

6 Heysel - Heizel
7 Heysel - Heizel
14 83 Heysel - Heizel