Broken relationships 
Broken relationships

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.

 

Parlamentarium, the European Parliament Visitors' Centre

Parlamentarium

The European Parliament's Visitors' Centre

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.

Dynamic, interactive multimedia displays guide our visitors through the journey of European integration and the impact this has on our everyday lives. The Centre caters to all 24 official languages of the European Union and admission is free. The facilities have been designed to make them fully accessible to those with special needs.

Discover the features

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.

We take a virtual trip through Europe, finding out along the way what contribution the European Union has made to each of the Member States. We also hear accounts by fellow Europeans of what the Union means to them.

The tunnel of voices immerses us in Europe's multilingual heritage and 3D tactile models allow us to explore the European Parliament in its three places of work - Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg.

 

Virtual visits

Virtual visit of "History area"

Virtual visit of "History area" 
Virtual visit of "History area"

Virtual visit of "United in Diversity"

Virtual visit of "United in Diversity" 
Virtual visit of "United in Diversity"

Multimedia produced by the Intranet Services Unit, DG ITEC, European Parliament

 

More about us

We speak your language

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.

 

We welcome families

The Centre is designed for adults and children of all ages. Special 1-hour tours have been created for 8-14 year olds and each stage of the visit caters for children. Children will receive their own handheld media guides to use free of charge.

 

We value accessibility

The visitors' centre caters for those with special needs.

For visitors with reduced mobility, the Centre offers full wheelchair access. Staff are on hand to provide assistance and a limited number of wheelchairs are available. If you require a wheelchair, please let us know at least one day before your arrival by sending an email to

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.

The European Parliament is committed to constantly improving access for people with special needs. If you have any suggestions, please contact us:

FAQs - Parlamentarium
 
Is there an admission fee?

No, the visit is free of charge, as is the use of the media guides.

 
Do I need to book in advance?

No, there is no need to book in advance - you can show up at any time during opening hours.

 
Can I come to the Parlamentarium in or with a group?

Yes, but please let us know if your group has more than 20 members, to ensure enough media guides are available. Send an email to

parlamentarium@europarl.europa.eu

 
Are there special arrangements for school groups?

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.

 
Do you cater for physically impaired visitors?

Yes, the Centre has been designed to ensure easy wheelchair access. If you need a wheelchair, please send an email to:

parlamentarium@europarl.europa.eu

or call +32.2.283.22.22.

 
Are guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired allowed into the Parlamentarium?

Yes. Guide dogs are permitted in the Centre.

 
Does the Parlamentarium cater for those with hearing difficulties?

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.

 
Is there access for pushchairs and prams?

Yes.

 
Would my children enjoy the Parlamentarium?

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.

 
Are there baby changing facilities?

Yes.

 
Do I have to bring proof of identity to gain access to the Parlamentarium?

No.

 
Are there security checks?

Yes, we ask all our visitors to pass their bags through a scanner and to step through a metal-detector gate.

 
How much time should I allow for a trip to the Parlamentarium?

We recommend you set aside at least one hour.

 
Can I buy souvenirs?

There is a gift shop in the Parlamentarium. The shop has the same opening hours as the Centre itself.

 
Are refreshments available at the Parlamentarium?

There is a cafeteria selling drinks and snacks.

 
Is the Parlamentarium open at weekends?

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.

 
What languages does the Parlamentarium operate in?

All information is available in the 24 official EU languages. This is one of the unique features of Parlamentarium.

 
Does the Parlamentarium give guided tours?

No, instead we provide handheld media guides that display information and short films at each stage of your visit.

 
Is there a cloakroom?

We provide a cloakroom for storage of coats, and lockers for bags, for which we charge a deposit of €5, refundable when you leave.

 
Are there car parking facilities?

Public transport is strongly recommended as there are limited parking facilities in the vicinity of the European Parliament.

 
Is there somewhere I can leave my bicycle?

Yes, there is a bicycle stand outside the Parlamentarium. Please bring your own padlock as we do not supply them.

 
 
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European Parliament

Parlamentarium - The European Parliament's Visitors' Centre
Willy Brandt Building
Rue Wiertz 60/ Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Brussels
Belgium

Opening Hours

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

Last entry 30 minutes before closing time.

Please note that the Centre is closed on the following dates

1 January
1 May
1 November
24, 25, 31 December

Admission is free of charge

Travel directions

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.

By train

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

 
By bus or underground

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

Underground
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).

 

Amenities

The Centre offers a full range of visitor services:

Cafeteria
Gift Shop
Cloakroom and lockers
Exhibition area

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Find out more about what is on offer at the Parlamentarium.

Security

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.