Expo 58, the international fair held on the Heysel/Heizel Plateau in Brussels from 17 April to 19 October 1958, welcomed almost 42 million visitors. Six million visited the pavilion of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). Many more people can visit it now, 65 years after Expo 58 closed its doors to the public.
A virtual pavilion can be experienced through virtual reality technology at the Jean Monnet House (JMH) and online through the JMH and House of European History websites. The virtual tour is currently available in English, French and German, but it will soon be available in all 24 European Union languages.
The virtual pavilion’s creators used black-and-white archive photos to bring it back to life and the visitor, guided by avatars, can go through its bustling multi-floor spaces and descent into the depths of its underground coal mine.