House of European History, Brussels

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The House of European History (HEH) (French: Maison de l'Histoire européenne, Dutch: Huis van de Europese geschiedenis) is a museum in Brussels, Belgium focusing on the history of Europe. The permanent exhibition begins with the myth of the goddess Europa, delving into Europe’s ancient roots and the continent’s heritage of shared traditions and achievements, before continuing through Europe’s dramatic journey towards modernity in the 19th century and the rebuilding process following World War II. The final section challenges visitors to critically assess European history, its potential and its future.

By interpreting history from a European perspective, it connects and compares shared experiences and their diverse interpretations. It aims to initiate learning on transnational perspectives across Europe.

The museum is an initiative by the European Parliament, and was proposed by then-president Hans-Gert Pöttering in 2007; it opened on 6 May 2017. As a cultural institution and exhibition centre, the House of European History intends to promote the understanding of European history and European integration, through a permanent exhibition and temporary and travelling exhibitions.

The museum houses a collection of objects and documents representative of European history, educational programs, cultural events and publications, as well as a wide range of online content. It is located in the Eastman Building in Leopold Park, close to the European institutions.

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  • I’m lucky enough to live in Brussels where there are quite a few museums to explore and new exhibits to see. Recently I have visited the House of European History and I was already in good mood just.....  more »
  • The visit to the temporary exhibition Fake for Real was an educative and interesting experience. There were many interactive exhibits of different themes (such as war and religion) throughout various....  more »
  • Loved it! Once again the staff was marvelous, really friendly and cheerful. At the museum you can acquire tablet that gives you all the information you need. Really simple and extremely practical. Also it is for free. Just a little advice, go there after you had a really good lunch because there you just lose the track of time.
  • This is one of the best museums I have ever visited! This place is amazing. First of all, it's free! Second, it has a free electronic guide in any of the EU countries language. The tours are really well done, informational and interactive. 10/10 best museum

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