The Plaster-cast Workshop

The Plaster-cast Workshop was established in the nineteenth century during the reign of King Leopold II. It houses a collection of more than 4 000 casts of works of art dating from prehistoric times to the eighteenth century. In reproducing those works of art, the workshop’s specialized craftsmen employ traditional techniques in both the casting and the patination. To give you an idea of their work, we have made a selection from the various casts that they have made.

By offering casts at reasonable prices, the workshop helps to promote art. The larger examples, such as busts, full-length statues, reliefs, etc., have to be ordered, but there is a good stock of the smaller examples. Indeed, there is something to suit everyone’s pocket and taste. Prices can be found on the pdf file and some casts are on sale in the Cinquantenaire Museum shop.

Admission to the workshop is free and the Educational and Cultural Service of the Cinquantenaire Museum organizes guided tours on request.


Opening hours

Tuesdays to Fridays : 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. en 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Weekends, Mondays, Feast-days, 2, 15 en 16 November, and from 25 December until 3 January.