The European Parliament opened its Visitors' Centre Parlamentarium in Brussels in October 2011. It is the largest parliamentary visitors' centre in Europe and the first to be fully operational in 24 languages. It uses a variety of interactive multimedia tools to give citizens an insight into the workings of the European Parliament and other EU institutions. Visitors can experience how the political decisions are made in the EU that influence daily life directly or indirectly. The Parlamentarium operates in 24 languages and sign language is available in four languages (EN, FR, NL and DE).

It is open to all citizens seven days a week, free of charge. On average it is visited by around 1000 people per day. It is one of the ten most visited sights in Brussels.

The Parlamentarium is designed for adults and children of all ages. Special 1-hour tours are available for 8-14 year olds. Children can have their own hand-held media guides.

The Parlamentarium also hosts a popular role-playing game for secondary school students, modelled on the workings of the European Parliament, in which participants play the part of an MEP negotiating legislation that will affect the day-to-day lives of people living in Europe.

Visitors at the Parlamentarium © European Union 2011 - EP  

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The European Parliament has also opened smaller visitor centres in Member States in an effort to go local and bring the Parliament closer to the citizens.

In 2016, Experience Europa opened in Berlin in the European House. It was set up at the initiative of the European Parliament in cooperation with the European Commission and offers various multimedia tools as well as a simulation game where visitors can slip into the role of a Member of the European Parliament or a Commissioner of the European Union.

In 2017, an exhibition space known as Parlamentarium Simone Veil, similar in content to the Parlamentarium in Brussels, was opened in Strasbourg. It is part of the regular visitor experience and allows visitors to better understand the role of the European Parliament and how it impacts their lives.