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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 1.5 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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#ThisIsMy5: AND THE WINNERS ARE...

To mark 5 years since opening, last year Parlamentarium launched the #ThisIsMy5 Instagram photo competition. Participants were asked to share photos of their top 5 - priorities, wishes, friends, pets, places or things - and they did!
Take a look at the winning photos!

The 20 photos from the 5 winners will be exhibited in the Parlamentarium from the beginning of March, along with another 288 photos from the 1,181 entries. The winners will also be invited to Brussels for the Museum Night Fever on 11 March.

NEW EXHIBITION: ELEVEN WOMEN FACING WAR

Between 8 March and 14 May 2017 Parlamentarium is hosting a new temporary exhibition on women and war.

Featuring 32 powerful photographs and 11 films by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Nick Danziger, Eleven Women Facing War tells the story of the often-hidden world of women caught up in vicious conflict from eight zones such as Afghanistan, Colombia or Sierra Leone. The exhibition is supported by the International Red Cross Committee.

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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Europe and its Parliament in 360°

Take a seat in our cinema and get a stunning 360° view of Europe and of its Parliament, how it works,
how laws are made and how European politics
affects you.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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The Luna Game is a scavenger hunt designed for children aged 6 to 10 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

Public wi-fi

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Public wi-fi is available at the European Parliament. Login details are displayed in all visitors areas.

Arrival

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.

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

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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), Dutch (NGT), Belgian french (LSFB), Flemish (VGT), Hungarian (MJNY), International (IS). The Parlamentarium is fully fitted with induction loops.

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

Facilities

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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

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

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

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.

CONTACTS

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

Send an email
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BOOKING AND ADMISSION

Admission is free of charge

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

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