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 October 2021.
  • 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

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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.

The COVID-19 crisis is a human tragedy. It is also an unprecedented social experiment - potentially the largest social experiment we’ll ever witness in our lifetime. And we’re watching it unfold in real time. In March 2020, the free movement of the EU was temporarily suspended and citizens took shelter beyond the closed borders of their nation state. Democracy was put on hold with emergency legislation rapidly introduced in most European countries. The future of capitalism was quietly in question. The pandemic locked people away in their homes but it unlocked our political imaginations. Nothing was impossible anymore. The pandemic was both a nationalist moment and European moment at the same time. As planes grounded and the large polluting corporations halted their production lines, climate activists started to wonder if their dreams of a low-carbon world were achievable. When borders between the EU member states were closed, right-wing populists began to feel that they might never be reopened. While the voice of the EU was notably quiet in the early stages of the crisis, the pandemic has become more critical for the future of the Union than anything else in its history to date. COVID-19 has brought forward Europe’s “Hamiltonian moment” and has accelerated the process of European integration. However, at the same time, it has forced Europeans to re-think some of the fundamental assumptions on which the European project is built. How is COVID-19 changing Europe and how is it changing Europe’s role in the world? These are the questions this lecture will address and reflect on. This lecture is the first in Envisioning Europe series linked to the Conference on the Future of Europe, run by the House of European History, where we invite prominent experts to share insights on the topical issues of Europe. To register, click:

How can technology help with fact checking in the political arena? Do politicians actually speak the truth or do they simply tell lies now and apologise later, after the fact? With the latest tool and advancement in technology, , Fact Rank can fact check everything being said in real time. Fact Rank is a new online tool that automatically detects ‘checkable’ claims made by politicians in parliamentary debates or tweets therefore enabling fact-checkers to work much at a much faster speed than ever before. It works by scanning a text and identifying the sentences which are factual and relevant: that is to say, they contain a fact – which may or may not be true – and which are relevant to a large group of people or are politically interesting, for example. In the 3rd Expert Talk of our Series, The Flamboyant Fake, Jan Jagers discusses how this new tool can change the game of real time fact checking in the political arena and hold politicians more accountable than ever before. More information on the programme and how to register here: