House of European History

The House of European History takes visitors on a journey along the path of Europe’s history and challenges them to contemplate its future, and all of this in the 24 official European Union languages.

To give visitors a better understanding of the tumultuous events of the 20th century, the permanent exhibition focuses firstly on the convictions and beliefs that defined the 19th century – Europe’s ‘entry into modernity’ – before moving on to consider Europe’s descent into war and destruction.
This is followed by the search for a better life in an increasingly united Europe.
Visitors are encouraged to think about the Europe of today, the status and position of the European Union, and the part that everyone plays in shaping Europe's future.

Visitors can also visit the temporary exhibition "Fake for Real: A history of forgery and falsification , open until 30th January 2022.
  • The House of European History is easily accessible by train (Bruxelles-Luxembourg station), bus or metro.
    The nearest metro stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trone on lines 2 and 6.
  • 1,5 Schuman - 2,6 Trône / Troon
  • Opening times

    24/10/2020 - 28/10/2021: * monday: from 13:00 to 18:00 * tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday: from 09:00 to 18:00 * saturday and sunday: from 10:00 to 18:00

  • Price

    Normal: 0,00 €

Discover fakes and falsifications throughout history, from the time of antiquity, through medieval and modern history until the present era. Fakes have a long tradition in history, but each era has seen particular types of fakes flourish. Significantly, the human tendency to believe in certain fakes appears to be universal. The exhibition begins with the ancient practice of removing people from official accounts ("Damnatio memoriae"), moving to forgeries in science, history and art, and culminating with “deep fakes” of the contemporary period and false information about the Covid pandemic. Case studies are grouped in six themes around a dramatic, labyrinthine space. A rich selection of objects from prominent museums across 20 European countries awaits you. Join a nuanced discussion on the understanding of truths and fakes and sharpen your awareness about the need for critical thinking. Uncover the historical circumstances that explain the appearance of fakes, the motives behind them, their impact and ultimate exposure.

Yippie! On Sunday 26 September it’s time for yet another party at the House of European History. Will you be joining us at our time travel family day? We are delighted to be able to open our family exhibition to the public again. And we would like to celebrate this with you! Since we are so happy that this is possible again, we have planned even more activities for you on this fun-packed day. This festive day is all about time travel! And a festive day deserves a festive welcome of course! We are not going to give everything away just yet, but here’s a hint: you will be blasted into time.... And it’s entirely up to you what time you want to travel to. Once you have been back in time, or even forward in time, you will be given a time travel card. With this card you can join in all kinds of activities. If you manage to complete your time travel card by the end of the event, you will receive a yummy treat (while stocks last). So hopefully we will see you on Sunday 26 September! When: Sunday 26 September – 13.00 to 18.00 Reservation required: You still need to reserve your place for the activities. Cost: Both the museum and the activities are free of charge. Where: House of European History Address: Rue Belliard 135 1000 Brussels

It has been said we are living in a petri dish of growing conspiracy theories, that the Covid pandemic has fuelled a pandemic of misinformation and paranoid political thinking. Conspiracies do exist, of course. In 1972, the Republican Committee for the Re-Election of the President burgled the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate complex, to wiretap its phones, and then conspired to cover this up. Al Qaeda conspired to attack the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon, and a site in Washington DC on September 11, 2001. But all of these were real world plots. We know the people who were involved, their decisions and the consequences of their actions. The details have been revealed in a wealth of material evidence and by intensive legal and historical investigations. Conspiracy theories, on the other hand, are matters of belief, not of evidence. They are unfounded stories based on fictions, lies and fantasies that fabricate the existence of secretive groups, plotting to control governments, markets, and world events. As the plots they describe do not exist, they cannot be proven, but as they rely not on evidence but on faith and belief in the story itself, their adherents are highly resistant to evidence and reasoned argument. Why do people believe in unfounded conspiracy theories? What harm do they pose? And what do they say about the way we see the world, our fears and anxieties, our hopes and dreams? How can we know what is real – how can we tell the genuine conspiracy from the fantasies of the conspiracy theorist? Join us on Wednesday 29 September at 18:00 CST for an intensive discussion in this third and final part of the online series Between Truth & Trust. Expect a lively debate from our expert panel, push them further with your own questions and comments, as we unravel what lies behind this fantastical thinking and what we can do to counter it. Featuring guest speakers: Elise Wang, assistant professor in the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics, California state university, Fullerton Hugo Mercier, cognitive scientist, CNRS Stephan Lewandowsky, professor of cognitive science, Bristol University Simina Badica, Curator ‘’Fake (F)or Real’’ temporary exhibition, House of European History Moderator: Paul Salmons, Curator and educator specialising in difficult histories, from Paul Salmons Associates. Introduction by Constanze Itzel, Museum Director of the House of European History.