From myths and discoveries to the chaos and cohesion of the 20th century, the House of European History will take visitors on a journey along the path of Europe’s history and challenge them to contemplate its future.
The House of European History is located in the beautifully renovated Eastman Building in leafy Parc Léopold. Its exhibits will be available in all 24 official European Union languages and entrance will be free. Tailored resources will be available for schools, families and groups, offering a fascinating experience for all.
The House of European History’s permanent exhibition will guide visitors through an outline of European history.
To give visitors a better understanding of the tumultuous events of the 20th century, the permanent exhibition will focus firstly on the convictions and beliefs that defined the 19th century – Europe’s ‘entry into modernity’ – before moving on to consider Europe’s descent into war and destruction.
This will be followed by the search for a better life in an increasingly united Europe.
Visitors will be encouraged to think about the Europe of today, the status and position of the European Union, and the part that everyone can play in shaping Europe's future.
What connects you to places across Europe? Tracking My Europe is part of our first temporary exhibition ‘INTERACTIONS’. Click on the image then answer a few questions to map your connections to places in Europe and beyond. You can even explore these links in person on a large screen in the House of European History, from 6 May onwards.
Exhibitions, multimedia guided tours, educational resources, workshops and seminars are just some of the offerings that will create a captivating experience. Using original and replica objects, immersive and interactive environments will appeal to different senses – sight, hearing, touch and sometimes even smell. Families will have access to customised Discovery Spaces, and other activities such as Family Trails. Overall, the House of European History will provide a diverse programme that prompts visitors to question their understanding of European history and its legacy in the contemporary world.
The House of European History is located in Parc Léopold, in the heart of the European district, close to the European Parliament in Brussels. The 25-acre park is located on the site of the former Royal Zoological Garden and was opened to the public in 1880. It features a beautiful lake with a host of wildlife, as well as an outdoor picnic and seating area. The building itself has been painstakingly renovated in line with its 1930s origins, when it was a dental clinic for disadvantaged children. Don’t miss the lovingly restored art deco paintings of animals, based on stories by French author Jean de La Fontaine!
Public wi-fi is available at the European Parliament. Login details are displayed in all visitors areas.
The European Parliament has a new welcome point in Rue d’Ardenne. The Atrium is the ideal place to get your bearings and take a moment to relax before visiting the Hemicycle, the Parlamentarium or the House of European History.
Although identity documents are not compulsory to access the building, we advise you to bring them with you.
All visitors and bags are subject to airport-style security checks before entry. Firearms, explosive or inflammable substances, pepper sprays, sharp items and other objects that could be considered weapons are prohibited. In accordance with Belgian national legislation, certain prohibited items may be handed over to the police.
Photography and filming are permitted inside the visitors’ area, although they are prohibited in the security area.
The European Parliament is committed to constantly improving access for people with special needs. All our facilities and activities are fully accessible for visitors with reduced mobility and special needs, including wheelchair users.
During visits, our staff are happy to work with sign-language interpreters. It is up to group leaders to arrange for the services of such interpreters.
The House of European History has lockers, a cloakroom and a café (seating 60) with a selection of refreshing drinks and tasty snacks.
Museum is closed on:
1 January / 1 May / 1 November / 24, 25, 31 December
HOUSE OF EUROPEAN HISTORY
Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat 135
Lines 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95 all stop at the European Parliament.
Lines 12 and 21 also connect to Brussels Airport.
The nearest stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trone on lines 2 and 6.Public transport in Brussels
The Atrium entrance in Rue D'Ardenne allows for pick-up and drop-off by bus and for visitors to get their bearings before starting the visit.
HOUSE OF EUROPEAN HISTORY
Rue Wiertz 60
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Admission is free of charge.
Booking is compulsory for groups of 10+.