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. Entrance is free, with audio-guides in the 24 official languages of the European Union.

At the heart of the House of European History, the permanent exhibition galleries use objects, reconstructions and multimedia resources to take visitors on a thought-provoking narrative that focuses on the continent’s 19th and 20th centuries.

The museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions. For example, exploring the issue of waste in Europe, disinformation or artwork during wartime. Discover the current temporary exhibition on the website.

Teachers and Students
Learning aids and resources are available both on-site and online. There are downloadable teachers’ notes, class and group activities, along with photographs, written testimonies and videos. These materials can be easily adapted to use with curriculum content.

Families
For families with 6-10 year olds - take a backpack and 'time-travel’ through different periods of Europe’s past! Kids will smell, feel and live history as never before, through role-play games in a 1960s Travel Agency, walking in the shoes of an astronaut or grappling with robots. Family Spaces are available in 24 languages and accessible during opening hours of the museum. Extra facilitated learning activities are on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 14:00 to 17:00. Entrance is free. No reservation required.

The museum is family-friendly, with baby-changing facilities and access for buggies. Parents may feel certain aspects of the permanent exhibition are only suitable for children over eleven years old.
  • 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 of the new temporary exhibition Throwaway – The history of a modern crisis On Saturday 18 February, the House of European History invites you to the public opening of its new temporary exhibition and project “Throwaway – The history of a modern crisis”. Rubbish. Trash. Garbage. From ancient times until the present humanity has had a complex relationship with, and many names for, what it throws away. ”Throwaway – The history of a modern crisis” will unearth the hidden history of waste in Europe. If indeed we are what we throw away, what does Europe’s trash tell us about its past, present, and its future? Join us at the museum for a rich programme of activities: guided tours by museum staff with special insights on the exhibition and the project, a concert-demonstration with recycled and atypical musical instruments, special carte blanche tours given by local citizens who participated in the project and work in rubbish-related fields. Guided tours by museum curators & staff - 13.00-15.00 Starting spot: Museum entrance area Duration: 45 minutes Interested to hear stories from the team who made the exhibition and project? Join one of these tours and get unique insights into the way this project came to light, while learning about the hidden history of waste in Europe, from the industrial revolution to the scarcity of war-time, until today’s waste crisis. 13.00 (EN, FR, NL, DE) 14.00 (EN, FR, NL, DE) Concert and demonstration by Primus Homemade Instruments - 15.00-15.45 Venue: Fables room, 1st floor Primus Homemade Instruments is a project by Maxime Doffagne, where he creates atypical musical instruments from waste. Tin cans, biscuit boxes or even tennis rackets... he converts everyday objects from their initial function and gives them a second life in the form of awe-inspiring banjos, guitars and more. Come listen and discover the variety of sounds forgotten objects can offer during this amazing concert! Special tours: Carte blanche with Rubbish professionals in French - 16.00-17.00 Starting spot: Museum entrance area We throw our rubbish away... but then what happens? Away is a place, and as we go on living our lives, our trash gets transported to different locations and sometimes gets a second life, unbeknownst to us. Can this be avoided? Who are the people behind all of these processes? Come meet with local citizens who contributed to the exhibition and work in a variety of rubbish-related fields: keeping the city clean, giving new purposes to all kinds of objects, providing society with tools to reduce its waste. They all have stories to tell and insights to give. Be ready to have your perceptions of waste challenged!

  • Opening times

    18/02/2023 - 14/01/2024: * 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

‘’Throwaway’’ is a project that unearths the hidden history of waste in Europe while simultaneously highlighting its significance as a marker of social change. Starting with the industrial revolution, ‘’Throwaway’’ brings us on a journey through wartime scarcity, the surge in post-war consumerism, and finishes with today’s insurmountable waste crisis. It displays the profound changes in how we have dealt with rubbish in bygone years, and the way we think, or don’t think about waste. By looking at the past, it makes current criticisms and the resounding calls for change relevant and meaningful. The ’’Throwaway’’ project includes: - an exhibition in Brussels - a digital platform - a publication - a programme of activities