One of the “newcomers” to the Brussels museums scene is the House of European History. It is located in the renovated Eastman building in the beautiful Parc Léopold, right behind the European Parliament. This museum fits perfectly in the buzzing EU district and offers a calm environment where you can learn and discover the amazing historical journey that lead to the creation of the modern European Union.
The House of European History represents a place to debate, question and reflect on Europe’s history. From myths and discoveries to the chaos and cohesion of the 20th century, the House of European History takes visitors on a journey along the path of Europe’s history and challenges them to contemplate its future. The exhibits are available in all 24 official European Union languages and its tailored resources are available for schools, families and groups, offering a fascinating experience for all. The museum is completely free and a visit normally takes around 90 minutes.
The museum is very active and participates in numerous partnerships and collaborations with other relevant institutions all over Europe. It is worth noting that many interesting debates and events are held in the museum’s premises – you can consult their current agenda here.
Our absolute favourite are Tuesday Lunch Tours!
The museum came up with a very nice idea – a guided tour during the lunchtime hour! This is specifically handy for the people working in Brussels and wanting to have a relaxing and educational break. You can follow the guide to discover some of the processes and phenomena that have shaped our continent. A very interesting way to experience European history.
Tours last 45 minutes (between 12.15 and 1PM) with max 20 people. Booking is not required and participation is free.
Families are welcome!
Another special thing about this museum are the Family Discovery Spaces that provide 6-10 year olds with fun and engaging exhibits about aspects of European history. Princess Europa and her brother Cadmus are the two characters leading children on a time-traveller experience across 400m² and 4 floors of immersive content. Some of the activities include role-play games in a 1960s Travel Agency, walking in the shoes of an astronaut or a 1940s nurse in the Costume Gallery, or grappling with robots and submarines as imagined from the past in Europe. The activities represent a discovery-based learning approach, placing emphasis on inquiring, inventing and simply having fun.
Open on public holidays between 10.30 and 11.30 and 14.00 and 17.00.
Admission is free. Reservations are not required.
Do you want to learn more? Visit the official website of the House of European History and share your experiences with us on Instagram and Facebook.