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.

Workshop Walls talk... and you, what do you have to say? introduces primary school students to the milestones of the European History. The question whether a poster image can be trusted is also be addressed, helping students analyse images from the past. Secondary school students have the opportunity to learn about European history through posters about human rights, migration, European elections, conflict, culture and sport.

  • Price

    Normal: 0,00 € - Enfants: 0,00 € - Seniors: 0,00 € - Demandeurs d'emploi: 0,00 € - Groupe: 0,00 €

The House of European History offers an engaging and thought-provoking journey through European history. Dive into it over lunchtime and discover the new permanent and temporary exhibitions. A guide will lead you to some objects that reveal the processes and phenomena that have shaped the continent. Follow the path through six floors and experience European history like never before! - 20 people maximum, no booking required - Participation is free

This miniseries presents three films that explore Europe’s most weighty and affecting political and social developments from the last century through a distinctly personal lens. With varying degrees of directness these films dwell on the mechanics of memory, personal history, propaganda, protest and activism. Much like the illustrated posters that form the subject of the temporary exhibition, When Walls Talk!, these films address the development and transformation of the public sphere in complex and engaging ways. To get the most out of each screening, join us from 18h00 for a free tour in English of our temporary exhibition “When Walls Talk” (limited places, registration required). Federico Fellini’s Amarcord (1973) is a landmark of semi-autobiographical filmmaking that explores the landscape of memory and reflects on the impact of state and church on contemporary Italian life as well as on the spread and hold of fascism in the twenties and thirties. The film reminds us that what we remember may not always be factually true (in the sense that it ‘really happened’), but that it can nevertheless point to an affective and deeply reflective truth. Agnieszka Holland’s Europa Europa (1990) is based on the remarkable memoir of Solomon Perel and tells the incredible and wrenching story of a German-born Jew caught between Soviet and Nazi repression before and during World War II. With great sensitivity and a surprising sense of humour, this film shows the effects of war, displacement and ideological indoctrination on the individual and the community. Agnès Varda’s L’une chante, L’autre pas (1977), which has been called a ‘feminist musical,’ tells the story of the friendship and touching solidarity between two women from different social backgrounds, whose lives are affected by the French feminist struggle of the 1970s. Varda’s film is at once political and personal, purposeful and heartfelt, French and European. Despite the fact that these films depict concrete historical time frames several of the topics addressed such as reproductive rights, anti-semitism, identity politics and nationalism continue to divide and unite European society and identity today. Each film will be contextualised and commented on by film curator Anke Brouwers, who will highlight the significance of the film in cinematographic history and link it with the temporary exhibition. Dr. Anke Brouwers is a lecturer, film curator and author. She teaches film history at KASK/School of Arts in Ghent. As of 2022 she is the host for the monthly Meet the Masters series for Filmfestival Oostende. She frequently writes essays on film history and film culture for Fantômas, Humbug and Anatomie van de Film. She has written a book on American silent cinema and the powerful women of the cinema’s first thirty years: Mooi zijn & zwijgen: de machtige vrouwen van de Amerikaanse stille film (2021). Programme: Thursday, 6 October 2022 at 19.00 Amarcord (1973, Federico Fellini). Thursday, 13 October 2022 at 19.00 Europa Europa (1990, Agnieszka Holland). Thursday, 20 October 2022 at 19.00 L’une chante, L’autre pas (1977, Agnès Varda) All movies are screened in their original language and will be subtitled in English Programme: 18.00 Guided Tour of the Temporary Exhibition “When Walls Talk” 18.45 Entrance Auditorium 19.00 Introduction 19.10 Movie screening 21.00 Discussion and Q & A 21.30 End of the event

For this year's edition of Museum Night Fever, the House of European History invites you to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of posters in our temporary exhibition "When Walls Talk!". You can participate in a guided tour, join a lively screen-printing workshop, also known as ‘seligraphy’, and print some of the exhibition's iconic visuals, or take part in a conversation on cultural identity. For this evening, the museum also teamed up with local Brussels artists, who will take you through a journey of sounds, vibrations and movement for a unique and dynamic show.