Parlamentarium welcomes one of the most heartfelt exhibitions in Europe and in the world, the Museum of Broken Relationships, for a temporary exhibition starting from June 16. Initiated by a Croatian couple gone through an art-inspiring break-up, the travelling collection of objects that symbolise a failed relationship has grown larger since its beginnings in 2006, becoming an international sensation warmly welcomed in Paris, London, Singapore and Mexico City, to name a few. The month-long call for donations fostered a great turnout, allowing for an all-Belgian collection of over 50 objects to be gathered in Brussels. The items will be displayed throughout the Parlamentarium, side-by-side another 50 objects from previous exhibitions, donated by the broken hearted from all over the world. Anthems of a brokenship, united in the common language of loss and love, the objects become witnesses and storytellers of a rupture. Each collection tends to broadly reflect the social, cultural, political and historic reality of the location they were collected in, effectively narrating the country's broken heart from a people's perspective. The Croatian exhibition includes a wide variety of objects representing broken relationships in the midst of the war's misery.
Winner of the 2011 Kenneth-Hudson Award for most innovative Museum in Europe, the Museum of Broken Relationships is an exhibition not to be missed. The exhibition will be on display until October 2014 in Parlamentarium.
Experience the European Parliament as never before. At our Visitors' Centre in Brussels, children and adults alike get to discover in a refreshingly new way more about the institution that represents them.
A stunning 360-degree digital surround screen takes visitors into the heart of European Parliament action. There we learn about the people who make it happen, the Members of Parliament. A touch screen application allows us to find out more about the MEPs, who are our democratically elected representatives.
Multimedia produced by the Intranet Services Unit, DG ITEC, European Parliament
One of the Centre's unique features is that it caters for all 24 EU official languages. This is made possible using small, handheld, media guides that can be configured according to language preference.
These media guides display information and short films at each stage of the visit. Each guide can be adapted with special features for children and there is also enhanced audio software for visitors with special hearing needs. Staff are on hand at each level should you need assistance.
The visitors' centre caters for those with special needs.
or by phoning +32.2.283.22.22.
For visually impaired visitors, the Centre provides media guides with special audio files which describe the space, content and main features. Braille tactile maps are available in Dutch, English, French and German and will guide you through the Centre. There are also Braille keyboards in two parts of the Centre. Guide dogs are also permitted.
For visitors with hearing difficulties, the media guides are equipped with sign language videos in English (BSL), French (LSF), German (DGS) and Dutch (NGT). There is also a special 1-hour tour for visitors with special hearing needs. The Centre is also fully fitted with induction loops.
No, the visit is free of charge, as is the use of the media guides.
No, there is no need to book in advance - you can show up at any time during opening hours.
Yes, but please let us know if your group has more than 20 members, to ensure enough media guides are available. Send an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. A Role Play Game is available that allows participants to experience what it is like to be a Member of the European Parliament for the day. For more information please see the Role Play Game section.
Yes, the Centre has been designed to ensure easy wheelchair access. If you need a wheelchair, please send an email to:email@example.com
or call +32.2.283.22.22.
Yes. Guide dogs are permitted in the Centre.
Yes, the media guides are equipped with sign language videos in English (BSL), French (LSF), German (DGS) and Dutch (NGT). There is also a special 1-hour tour for visitors with special hearing needs. The Centre is fitted with induction loops.
Yes, special tours lasting approximately one hour are available for children aged 8-14. There is something for children in each section of the Parlamentarium. Hands-on applications have been especially designed for them.
Yes, we ask all our visitors to pass their bags through a scanner and to step through a metal-detector gate.
We recommend you set aside at least one hour.
There is a gift shop in the Parlamentarium. The shop has the same opening hours as the Centre itself.
There is a cafeteria selling drinks and snacks.
Yes, the Centre is open every day, as follows.
Monday 13:00 - 18:00
Tuesday / Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday / Friday 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday / Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
The Parlamentarium is open all year round except on: 1 January, 1 May, 1 November and 24, 25, 31 December.
All information is available in the 24 official EU languages. This is one of the unique features of Parlamentarium.
No, instead we provide handheld media guides that display information and short films at each stage of your visit.
We provide a cloakroom for storage of coats, and lockers for bags, for which we charge a deposit of €5, refundable when you leave.
Public transport is strongly recommended as there are limited parking facilities in the vicinity of the European Parliament.
Yes, there is a bicycle stand outside the Parlamentarium. Please bring your own padlock as we do not supply them.
Parlamentarium - The European Parliament's Visitors' Centre
Willy Brandt Building
Rue Wiertz 60/ Wiertzstraat 60
24, 25, 31 December
Admission is free of charge
The Visitors' Centre can be reached by bus, underground and train. You can also walk to the European district from the city centre. Public transport is strongly recommended as parking facilities are limited in the vicinity of the European Parliament.
The three main Brussels railway stations - Brussels Midi, Brussels Central and Brussels Nord - are connected to Brussels Luxembourg, which is located 200 metres from the Visitors' Centre.SNCB
The Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (STIB) is the main public transport operator in Brussels. STIB trams, buses and underground trains form one network and you can switch easily from one to another using the same ticket.STIBBus
Buses 27 and 38 run from the city centre to Place Luxembourg
Buses 12 and 21 run from Brussels International Airport to Place Luxembourg
Lines 1 and 5 to Maelbeek and Schuman (10-minute walk to the Parliament)
Lines 2 and 6 to Trône (7-minute walk to the Parliament).
Cloakroom and lockers
Find out more about what is on offer at the Parlamentarium.
No proof of identity is needed to enter the Parlamentarium. Upon arrival, you will be guided to our security checkpoint where your belongings will pass through a scanner.