Bike tour

On the road with KIK-IRPA: 75 years of science dedicated to Belgium's heritage


The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) invites you to rediscover Brussels and its heritage from the point of view of its specialists, who have been cataloguing, studying and preserving Belgium's cultural and artistic heritage for the past 75 years, away from the public eye.

Whether in the Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon, where a triptych by Michel Coxcie has just been reinstalled after a period of study and restoration by the Painting Studio, or at the Théâtre Royal de Toone/Koninklijk Poppentheater Toone where, at the request of, an inventory and studies are being carried out by the institute's historians and its Preventive Conservation Unit, or at the Cauchie House, where the Decoration of Monuments Unit has completed analyses... You will quickly realise that each site requires a tailor-made, interdisciplinary approach, in collaboration with a large number of stakeholders.

This is an opportunity to discover the current issues as climate and societal change reveal the importance of working together to imagine the future of our heritage.

The tour will end at KIK-IRPA with an exclusive visit to the Polychrome Wood Sculpture Studio, where a retable from Milan by Brussels sculptor Jan II Borman is being restored following an in-depth study.

Bicycles can be hired (for a fee) from Pro Velo, subject to availability.

In cooperation with KIK-IRPA and Pro Velo.

Practical information

Sat. at 10:00 (French) and 14:00 (Dutch/English) & Sun. at 10:00 (Dutch/English) and 14:00 (French) (duration: 2 hours 30 minutes)

Starting point: Rue de Dublin/Dublinstraat 19 – Ixelles/Elsene

Advance booking required. Up to 18 people per tour.