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Parlamentarium, the European parliament visitors' centre
 

Parlamentarium

Discover the European Parliament Visitors’ Centre
 

Experience European politics as never before at Europe’s largest parliamentary visitor centre and see why 1.4 million people have already visited the Parlamentarium!

Handheld multimedia guides accompany visitors to the heart of the European Parliament, explaining the path towards European integration, how the European Parliament works and what its Members are doing to meet the challenges of today. The Parlamentarium is dynamic and interactive by design and can be experienced in any of the European Union’s 24 official languages, making it the perfect place for visitors of all ages to discover European politics.

The Parlamentarium is open seven days a week and entrance is free of charge. A visit normally takes around 90 minutes, but shorter tours are available for families and school groups. See below for more details on what the Parlamentarium has to offer and its programme of events and temporary exhibitions.

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EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

The exhibition aims at exploring the current understanding of beauty. Images of modern landscape are presented, urban still-lives that reflect a real environment where people live.

A gallery of short animations produced by the public on the concept of new beauty is featured in the exhibition. What does beauty mean for you: a forgotten painting, the smell of lilies or an empty street?  Check the website below and submit your own vision on beauty.

The exhibition runs from 8 July until 18 September and is organised by the Slovak Design centre.

More info
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DISCOVER THE FEATURES

The Parlamentarium has plenty to offer adults and children alike, and visits can be tailored to suit almost any area of interest.

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Take a front-row seat at the centre of the Hemicycle

A stunning 360º cinema places visitors at the heart of the European Parliament and provides a unique viewpoint for seeing how it works and how EU laws are made.

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Meet the people who make it happen: the Members of the European Parliament

Find out more about each of the 751 Members of the European Parliament, who work together to represent the citizens of the EU.

European Parliament, Parlamentarium, United in Diversity
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Journey through Europe and see the impact the European Union makes

An interactive floor map takes visitors on a virtual tour around the European Union, illustrating its diversity and highlighting nearly 100 ways it contributes to the well-being of its citizens.

Take a virtual tour now!
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Hear what the European Union means to Europeans

Relax in a cosy living room as an environmental activist from Poland, a Slovenian professor and a Finnish singer (along with many others) describe the impact the European Union has on their lives.

STUDENTS & CHILDREN

A Role Play Game for school groups allows students to experience what it would be like to be a Member of the European Parliament for a day.

Players discover how European legislation is drafted, from consulting interest groups and forming alliances to negotiating with other institutions and speaking with the media.

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Special 1-hour tours have also been created for younger visitors.

The Luna Game is a scavenger hunt designed for children aged 4 to 8 who are visiting with their families. Luna booklets are available at the media guide desk. Don’t forget your prize at the end of the tour!

The Galaxy Talent show guides groups of 4 or 5 students aged 10 to 14 through the Parlamentarium to help them find out about Europe, the European Union and the European Parliament.

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Security

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.

Visitors with special needs

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 special needs.

For visitors with reduced mobility

The Parlamentarium offers full wheelchair access, and our staff are on hand to provide assistance.

Should you require special assistance, please notify the Parlamentarium in advance.
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For visually impaired visitors

The Parlamentarium provides media guides with special audio files which describe the space and its content and main features. Braille tactile maps are available in Dutch, English, French and German, and there are Braille keyboards in two areas. Guide dogs are also permitted.

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For visitors with hearing difficulties

The multimedia guides feature sign-language videos in English (BSL), French (LSF), German (DGS) and Dutch (NGT). The Parlamentarium is fully fitted with induction loops.

For comments or queries, please contact the Parlamentarium by email.

Facilities

The Parlamentarium has lockers, a gift shop, toilets and a café with a selection of refreshing drinks and tasty snacks.

 

AGENDA BRUSSELS

THE 28 IN YOUR PLATE

Brussels
22-06-2016

Esplanade Solidarność

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

Plenary Session

Plenary
Exhibition
Other

GETTING THERE

PARLAMENTARIUM
Willy Brandt building
Rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 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

CONTACTS

Have a question? Want to give feedback? Email us!

Send an email
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OPENING HOURS

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

Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time.

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

BOOKING AND ADMISSION

Admission is free of charge

Advance booking is possible for all, but strongly recommended for groups.

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