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Parlamentarium

Rue Wiertz 60 | Bâtiment Willy Brandt, Brussels 1047 , Belgium
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Ranked #16 of 216 Attractions in Brussels
Type: Government Buildings
Owner description: Experience the European Parliament in Brussels like never before. At our Visitor's Centre, children and adults alike get to discover what the European... more » Owner description: Experience the European Parliament in Brussels like never before. At our Visitor's Centre, children and adults alike get to discover what the European institutions that represent them are all about in a refreshingly new way: the Parlamentarium. Our Portable Media Guides take our visitors through an interactive journey of European integration, revealing the impacts this process has had on the everyday lives of Europeans. As the first ever citizen's exhibition to do so, the Parlamentarium caters to all 24 official languages of the European Union, and is completely free! Our facilities and multimedia guides have been designed to be fully accessible to those with special needs. NEW! How does your vote affect the Europe? Find out how Europeans throughout history have used their vote to shape governance at "European Elections since 1979", a new temporary exhibition hosted by the Parlamentarium. The exhibition invites you to recall the past of European elections through showcasing an abundant collection of election posters and television campaigns. You can make yourself familiar with the evolution of Europe through colorful displays of facts and figures and are invited to participate in an interactive game of the 'Voting Table' in which every visitor has the chance to voice which topics they deem important during election time. Over the past four decades, the European Parliament has transformed from a largely consultative assembly into a powerful co-legislator in the European Union -- a Union that has itself changed considerably in scope, powers and size. By highlighting the key political issues at the respective periods, the exhibition celebrates the power of European citizenship and the right to vote. "European Elections since 1979" is exhibited from 10 March - 1 June 2014. « less
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Oakville, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

This is a very interesting display of European history and the formation of the EU. This can be a half day experience if you have the time and inclination to see all there is to see.

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Malaga, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Thought we should see the European Parliament as in Brussels. Found this exhibition, free to enter. Not usually a great fan of these things, low boredom threshold, but ended up spending almost four hours here. History of modern Europe in photos with hand held language explanations and lots of interactive stuff. Older children would find very interesting. Short walk from... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed our visit - easily spent 3 hours going round the exhibits. The device to get audio/video that you are given felt a little strange to start with but soon got used to it. Obviously if you are anti-EU, it may seem a bit like propaganda where you are given the reasons behind European countries wanting greater cooperation. But... More

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Great place to learn more about the EU institutions. Information is available in many languages and the exhibit is very interactive.

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is well worth a visit, it explains the history of the EU in a fun and interactive way. Very easy access.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

In first rooms a lot of historic photos and documents) In other rooms using modern technologies they show the history of Europe and the EU! I was impressed =))

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The audio tour we got was so interesting and the layout of the building is really cool and easy to get around!!

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Auckland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

There is a lot of interesting information contained here, and the audio guide is well done, but the overall experience is very, very dry. It was hard to keep paying attention throughout. I don't think it's the volume of information but the way it's presented. I feel that children might struggle with making it through, especially if parents are really... More

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Vilvoorde, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

A must-do when you're in Brussels and you're at least a little bit interested in Europe. History, current composition, etc.. all very well explained with interactive audio & video guide. And for free! No excuses left! If you also want to see the big auditorium where the General Assembly has its meetings, make sure to visit during the week.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I have an interest in the EU and history so I was not disappointed by this place. Tour was conducted via a little headset in my chosen language and was very informative. Really enjoyed the interactive elements of the visit. I would have happily paid an entrance fee for this place BUT IT'S FREE!!! I would suggest you would need... More

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