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.
On Wednesday 03 June 2015 a new exhibition opens at Parlamentarium on family meals in Niger, Ecuador, Myanmar, Chad and Jordan. Discover the traditional meals of the countries, smell the ingredients, taste the realities of the locals and get informed about EU food aid programs in the five areas.
The family meal exhibition consists of a series of photos taken by photographer Chris Terry of family meals and daily realities from some of the most vulnerable countries in the world. It also offers information on aid actions undertaken by the European Union to improve the tough living conditions in such countries.
The exhibition is open to the public from 03 June until 20 November 2015. The entrance is free of charge.
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. Occasionally though, if the Parlamentarium is full, we might ask you to wait (rarely more than ½ hour).
Yes, but please let us know of your visit in advance, to ensure enough media guides are available. If you do not book beforehand, and if the Parlamentarium is full, you might have to wait. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to book your group and avoid waiting.
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. Our LUNA Game will guide you through Parlamentarium! Luna booklets are available at the media-guide desk (in English). Don't forget your prize at the end of the tour!
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.
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.