With the outbreak of the first tiles in the crypt ensured the Flemish minister for Tourism Ben Weyts (N-VA) and the Ghent aldermen of Culture Sami Souguir (Open Vld) and Tourism Bram Van Braeckevelt (Green) for the symbolic start of the construction works on the new visitor centre.
The new visitor centre is next to the exhibition Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution in the MSK in the heart of the Van Eyck-year in Ghent in 2020. The end date of the works is planned for June 26, 2020.
The new visitor center has to offer to the world-famous work of art, which from then a place will get in the sacrament chapel of the Sint-baafs Cathedral. “We invest via Tourism Flanders is 4.3 million euros in this new visitor centre", says minister Weyts. In addition, the new infrastructure space for additional visitors. “The new visitor centre would in the long term 400,000 visitors per year to attract (approximately a doubling of the present number, ed.).”