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.

All ages years
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
All ages years

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.

MEP sponsored groups

For MEP sponsored groups, booking is mandatory via the platform below, in order to properly process travel arrangements.

Book for sponsored groups

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.


The House of European History is a museum for everyone. All our facilities and activities are accessible for wheelchair users. Working together with diverse groups and communities is a vital aspect of the museum's activities. We aim to reach out to extraordinary people both near and far through tailored visits and specific programs. Do not hesitate to send us your specific requests and we will do our utmost to make our museum more accessible:


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.

Security and Safety

Security and safety are priorities for the European Parliament. For that reason, a number of security measures are in place in and around our buildings. In order to ensure a safe visit for all, we invite you to read and comply with these measures:

  • A valid identity document (national ID card or passport) is required to access European Parliament buildings. If you registered in advance and you provided your ID document details, you must bring this same document to the Parliament on the day of your visit.
  • 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.
  • No trolleys, suitcases, or other large luggage are allowed into the buildings.
  • Animals are allowed in the buildings only as trained guides for visually impaired persons or to assist persons with reduced mobility.
  • If an access pass has been issued, visitors must visibly wear it whilst in the Parliament buildings.
  • Photography and filming are permitted inside the visitor area, but are prohibited in the security area and in the cafeteria. For more information, please consult the Rules Governing Recordings on the Premises of the European Parliament.
  • If the fire alarm goes off, leave the building immediately without running and follow the instructions given by the security staff and evacuation volunteers.
  • For any safety emergency, call 85112 from any internal phone.
  • Some areas are subject to video surveillance in accordance with the European Parliament Video Protection Policy

Last update: 02.2024


House of European History

Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat 135
1000 Brussels


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