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House of European History

A place to debate, question and reflect on Europe’s history
 

From myths and discoveries to the chaos and cohesion of the 20th century, the House of European History takes visitors on a journey along the path of Europe’s history and challenges them to contemplate its future.

You can visit the House of European History for free.

GET READY FOR A JOURNEY WITH A DIFFERENCE

The House of European History is located in the beautifully renovated Eastman Building in leafy Parc Léopold. Its exhibits are available in all 24 official European Union languages and entrance is free. Tailored resources are available for schools, families and groups, offering a fascinating experience for all.

A visit normally takes around 90 minutes. Booking is compulsory for groups of 10+.

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PERMANENT EXHIBITION

The House of European History’s permanent exhibition guides visitors through an outline of European history.

To give visitors a better understanding of the tumultuous events of the 20th century, the permanent exhibition focuses 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 is followed by the search for a better life in an increasingly united Europe.

Visitors are 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.

Practical information for group visits and specific information for schools is available here.
 

TEMPORARY EXHIBITION

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Tracking My Europe now live!

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.

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EDUCATION AND LEARNING

Overall, the House of European History provides a diverse programme that prompts visitors to question their understanding of European history and its legacy in the contemporary world.  

•   Exhibitions, multimedia guided tours, educational resources, workshops and seminars are just some of the offerings that create a captivating experience.

•   Using original and replica objects, immersive and interactive environments appeal to different senses – sight, hearing, touch and sometimes even smell.

•   Families have tailored activities such as Family Trails, and from 2018 can access customised Discovery Spaces.


 

DISCOVER A HOUSE WITH A HISTORY

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 situated 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!

 
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AGENDA BRUSSELS

THE 28 IN YOUR PLATE

Brussels
22-06-2016

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PLENARY SESSION

Brussels
24/02/2016 - 25/02/2016
27/04/2016 - 28/04/2016
25/05/2016 - 26/05/2016
22/06/2016 - 23/06/2016
30/11/2016 - 01/12/2016
01/02/2017 - 02/02/2017
01/03/2017 - 02/03/2017
26/04/2017 - 27/04/2017
31/05/2017 - 01/06/2017
29/11/2017 - 30/11/2017
28/02/2018 - 01/03/2018
02/05/2018 - 03/05/2018

Plenary Session

Plenary
Exhibition
Other

OPENING HOURS

Monday
13:00 - 18:00
 
 
Tuesday - Friday
09:00 - 18:00
 
 
Saturday - Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
 
 

Museum is closed on:
1 January / 1 May / 1 November / 24, 25, 31 December

GETTING THERE

HOUSE OF EUROPEAN HISTORY
Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat 135
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Train

Brussels-Luxembourg serves the European Parliament

Belgian Railways

Bus

Lines 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95 all stop at the European Parliament.
Lines 12 and 21 also connect to Brussels Airport.

Metro

The nearest stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trone on lines 2 and 6.

Public transport in Brussels

Atrium welcome point

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.

-Closed in July and August-

MAILING ADDRESS

HOUSE OF EUROPEAN HISTORY
Rue Wiertz 60
1047 Brussels
Belgium

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