PAST: Horta & Wolfers

Reopening of the Wolfers Frères jewellery store, 1912
Wed 29-11-2017 - Sun 06-01-2019

105 years after the official inauguration of the Wolfers Frères jewellery store in 1912, visitors will once again be able to admire the shop in its original form. To do this, the Art & History Museum has cleared a room of approximately the same shape and area as that originally foreseen by Victor Horta in the building in rue d’Arenberg in Brussels.

On the basis of a thorough historical study, the showcases and the counters will be reinstalled as Horta designed them in his time.  First, it was necessary to take down the provisional arrangement of a part of the furniture in the museum and then obtain from storage the remaining interior elements. Even the original entrance doors will be reintegrated.  Visitors will be able to walk around an identical reconstruction of the room, like elite customers of the past.

The interior layout of the shop has been restored to the highest standards. The Cuban mahogany furniture has been cleaned and the original layer of varnish refurbished.  The velvet interior furnishing of the showcases has been re-woven based on the original material. The patina of the bronze decorations has been refreshed. The harmony of the colours desired by Horta emerges once again: a sublime combination of the deep red polished mahogany, the dark green velvet, and the golden accents of the bronze decorations, all in total accord with the mauve colour of the walls.  Thanks to this detailed restoration and refinishing, visitors will have the illusion of crossing once again the threshold into a Brussels shop for luxury goods.

This prestigious project was made possible thanks to a special investment from the Federal Sciences Policy and with the collaboration of the Buildings Agency.



Lunch tours in Horta & Wolfers
€ 22/19/12 (ticket + € 7)
15.02 / 19.04 / 21.06 / 16.08 / 18.10 / 20.12.2018 (third Thursday each two month from Thu 15.02.2018 on)

Kids' Art Day
18th Nov. 2018


Opening hours
Tuesday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
closed on 25 Dec, 1 Jan, 1 May, 1 & 11 Nov
Last tickets 1 hour before closing time

Entrance fees
€ 15 | € 12 | € 5

! Combined ticket exhibition(s) + galleries: € 20

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Guided tours
+ 32 (0)2 741 73 02 (Tuesday-Friday, 9am-12am & 1pm-4pm)

Art & History Museum
Parc of the Cinquantenaire 10
1000 Brussels
+ 32 (2) 741 73 31