House of European History
Entrance is free and visits take around 90 minutes. Its exhibits are available in all 24 official European Union languages. Tailored resources and experiences for schools, families and groups are also available.
|Monday||Tuesday − Friday||Saturday − Sunday|
|13:00 − 18:00||09:00 − 18:00||10:00 − 18:00|
Museum is closed on: 1 January / 1 May / 1 November / 24, 25, 31 December.
Individual visitors and groups of less than 10 people do not need prior booking to visit the museum. Visitors can enjoy the exhibition at their own pace, with the multimedia guides available in all 24 languages of the European Union.
Groups of more than 10 people need to book their visit online minimum 2 weeks in advance, if requesting a multimedia guide, or 4 weeks, if requesting a tour with a guide. Multimedia guides are available in all 24 languages of the European Union and guided visits are offered in English, Dutch, French and German.
Discover the features
The permanent exhibition guides visitors through European history, from Europe’s origins and evolution, to the descent into war and search for a better life.
Education and learning
Workshops and learning resources allow students to engage with European history and its legacy in the contemporary world.
Hands-on activities and events get visitors of all ages involved, and allow families to explore European history together.
A house with a history
The House of European History is located in the beautifully renovated Eastman Building in leafy Parc Léopold. The 25-acre park is situated on the site of the former Royal Zoological Garden and was opened to the public in 1880. It features a beautiful lake with a host of wildlife, as well as an outdoor picnic and seating area. The building itself has been painstakingly renovated in line with its 1930s origins, when it was a dental clinic for disadvantaged children. Don’t miss the lovingly restored art deco paintings of animals, based on stories by French author Jean de La Fontaine.
During visits, our staff are happy to work with sign-language interpreters. It is up to group leaders to arrange for the services of such interpreters.
The House of European History prioritises a safe visit by respecting security and public health measures. Visitors are invited to read and take note of the following information, in order to ensure a pleasant visit for all:
- A valid identity document (ID card or passport) is required to access European Parliament buildings.
- All visitors and bags are subject to airport-style security checks before entry. Firearms, explosive or inflammable substances, pepper sprays, sharp items and other objects that could be considered weapons are prohibited. In accordance with national legislation, certain prohibited items may be handed over to the police.
- Wearing a facemask is not mandatory. Visitors are of course permitted to wear one if they would like to.
- Hand sanitiser gel is available at the entrance and throughout your visit. Visitors are encouraged to make use of it.
- All equipment and material (such as multimedia guides, non-disposable earphones and interactive exhibition elements) as well as the public sanitary facilities and other sensitive areas (handles and doors) are cleaned on a regular basis.
- The air quality is constantly monitored to ensure adequate ventilation.
- If you have symptoms, please stay at home and postpone your visit. We will be happy to welcome you back when you are feeling better.
For more information about the health prevention measures in Brussels, go to www.info-coronavirus.be/.
Last updated: 09/2022
House of European History
Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat 135
How to get there
Brussels-Luxembourg serves the European Parliament
Lines 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95 all stop at the European Parliament. Lines 12 and 21 also connect to Brussels Airport. The Zweig entrance in Rue D'Ardenne allows for pick-up and drop-off by bus and for visitors to get their bearings before starting the visit.
The nearest stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trone on lines 2 and 6.