Brussels’s newest museum opens

9th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

The newly-renovated 14th century Halle Gate now houses an interactive exhibition about the history of Brussels.

9 June 2008

BELGIUM - The Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders officially opened Brussels' newest museum on Thursday.

The recently-renovated Halle Gate is now home to a band-new interactive exhibition all about the history of the capital.

The Public Buildings Authority started renovation work on the 14th Century city gate in March 2007.

As the minister in charge of the Public Buildings Authority, the honour of re-opening the Halle Gate to the general public fell on Reynders.

Much of the gate's facade has been cleaned, removing many years' worth of grime caused by traffic and industry. Some of the masonry and the lightning detectors at the top of the gate have been replaced and the roof has been repaired.

For the first time in many years, the large entrance on the side of the gate that faces the municipality of Sint-Gillis is accessible. A big wooden drawbridge gives the public access to the gate.

A floor has been laid in the gate's cellar, while the floor on the first and second floors has been renovated. Electricity has also been installed at the gate.

The Halle Gate is all that is left of Brussels’ 14th century city wall. The gate has been a listed building since 1990.

It currently houses the Royal Museum of Art and History's interactive exhibition about the history of Brussels.

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