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 31th 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 Throne / Troon
  • Opening times

    30/04/2022 - 13/11/2022: * 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

The illustrated poster was born in Europe in the late 19th century, reflecting an increasingly commercialised world with conflicting political ideologies. Posters are ephemeral, produced for a specific moment, yet many elements are recycled and resonate in cultural memory today. From the propaganda of the World Wars and the Cold War to the explosion of cultural exchange, tourism and the emergence of multi-voiced social movements after the Second World War, complex layers of European division and unity are revealed through a selection of posters from the collection of the House of European History. They reflect the development and transformation of the public sphere in European cities.

«Les murs parlent... et vous, qu’avez-vous à dire?» entend faire découvrir aux élèves des écoles primaires les grandes dates de l’histoire européenne. La question leur sera aussi posée de la confiance à accorder à l’image présentée sur une affiche. Des clés seront données aux élèves pour analyser les images du passé. Les élèves des écoles secondaires auront la possibilité de s’informer sur l’histoire européenne au moyen d’affiches présentant les droits de l’homme, la migration, les élections européennes, les conflits, ainsi que des manifestations culturelles et sportives.

For this year’s edition of the Brussels Museums Nocturnes, the House of European History welcomes Live Magazine for a night of true stories. An immersive experience – in words, sounds, images – where artists, photographers and film directors will tell stories about Europe. Stories that are intimate and global, of profound importance to those who tell them, unforgettable to those who hear them. The music group Les Garçons will play the soundtrack of the evening, and accompany the visitors in their immersive journey through the museum’s galleries. Storytellers Valerio Vincenzo is a photographer. He spent 10 years traveling Europe’s 19,500 km of inner-borders for his series Borderline (published in Belgium by Lannoo). That’s 44 borders. We can safely assume that he believes that imaginary lines can tell us something real about the world we live in. In a past life, Valerio wore English shoes, French silk ties and Italian bespoke suits – that was back when he worked as a strategy consultant for AT Kearney and Bain & Company in Milan. Jill Coulon is a documentary filmmaker. With Isabelle Dupuy-Chavanat, she spent two years crisscrossing Asia - Japan, Mongolia, Tibet, Laos, India - seeking out rare fabrics and the people who made them. The result was five documentaries for Arte, Weaving the World: A Journey with the Masters. She’s also filmed in Tokyo (Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler), in a bus full of Chinese tourists traveling across Europe (Journey to the West), and again across Asia (When I Grow Up - six overlapping portraits for the non-profit Enfants du Mékong). Perhaps it all goes back to her childhood, when she moved 17 times before her 15th birthday. Anne Georget is a documentary filmmaker. An expert at news investigations and science-based films, a New York Times article changed her life, sending her down a rabbit hole of historical research, leading her to work on a book, an exhibit and three films: Mina’s Recipe Book and Imaginary Feasts were shown on television and at festivals around the worlds. The Evasions exhibition was inaugurated this April 2018 at Sète’s Musée international des arts modestes. When Anne is not making movies, she fights for the creative rights of filmmakers at France and Belgium’s Civil Society of Multimedia authors, of which she was the president until last year. Limited places, registration required. Departures: 19.00 / 20.00 / 21.00 Guided tours in the temporary exhibition “When Walls Talk” • 17.00 (EN / FR/ NL) • 18.00 (EN / FR / NL) Extra muros performance The Majoretteketet will be performing outdoors in Leopold Park and linking the museums in the neighborhood through dance and music.