House of European History 

House of European History

House of European 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.

Duration of the activity
Group size Minimum 10 to maximum 10 people
Languages available during the activity 24

House of European History

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.

Opening hours

Monday Tuesday − Friday Saturday − Sunday
13:00 − 18:00 09:00 − 18:00 10:00 − 18:00
13:00 − 18:00
Tuesday − Friday
09:00 − 18:00
Saturday − Sunday
10:00 − 18:00

Museum is closed on: 1 January / 1 May / 1 November / 24, 25, 31 December.

Individual visitors

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

Permanent exhibition

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 has lockers, baby-changing facilities, a cloakroom, a shop, and a café (seating 60) with a selection of refreshing drinks and tasty snacks.


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

Last updated: 09/2022


House of European History

Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat 135
1000 Brussels


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Brussels-Luxembourg serves the European Parliament

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