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Parlamentarium

Address: Esplanade Solidarnosc | Off Rue Belliard, Brussels 1047 , Belgium
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Ranked #20 of 323 things to do in Brussels
Type: Government buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: FREE ENTRY. Experience the European Parliament in Brussels like...
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Type: Government buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: FREE ENTRY. Experience the European Parliament in Brussels like never before. At our Visitors' 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 impact this process has had on the everyday lives of Europeans. As the first ever citizens' 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. From 20 November 2014 until 15 May 2015, the Parlamentarium is hosting 'Fashion Art EU' as its latest temporary exhibition. Come and see 28 outfits, each one designed by an artist from a different member-state, all reflecting the common values of Europe!
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Brisbane, Queensland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Visited the Parlamentarium after doing a tour of the European Parliament chamber nearby. I was skeptical that it was going to be a propaganda palace, but was pleasantly surprised by the fascinating section on the history of the EU from plans for the internationalization of the Ruhr after WWII to the Treaties of Maastricht and Nice. The circular theater with... More 

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I was disappointed by the Parlamentarium, didn't particularly enjoy it or find it interesting or informative. We did it in conjunction with the European Parliament tour which I found far more interesting.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

'Brussels' is synonymous with the European Union and the city wouldn't be complete without an EU-themed tourist attraction. Parlamentarium is the official visitor centre and gift shop, and it does what it says on the tin. Expect a multi-million pound utopia celebrating the Eastward march of the EU following its creation in the aftermath of the second world war. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We went to the Parlamentarium one morning as a break from museums and churches. We were staying in the European Parliament district for the weekend so walked past it on the way in to town. It's a highly visual and aural experience; the use of lighting and colours as well as the spoken guides (in many languages) make it a... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We left a couple of hours spare to do the Parlamentarium, but to do everything they have to offer it would take a lot longer than this. It is exceptionally entertaining and I learnt an awful lot in such a short amount of time. I truly recommend a visit but leave enough time!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We visited the Parlamentarium on a Sunday so it was not that easy to find the entrance. But once you find it you are very well received and can chose the language for your audio guide. I'm not too fond of politics, and as Swiss I'm not a big fan of European politics but the exhibition is well organized and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Very nice set-up and quite informative. I found the round room where they show the video of how the Parliament works the most interesting. Also the area of the EU map and the mobile devices that talk to about about the cities that are on the map is quite interesting. Good when you are with family to teach the kids... More 

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Maghera Co Down
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Lovely modern building with so much information via audio and visual letting you know what actually happens in the European Parliament, great souvenir shop

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Our daughter enjoyed the visit to the parlamentarium. She enjoyed finding out about how politics work and really enjoyed the role play game, this is not a tour for very small children

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I have little interest in politics but my son does so we took him to see this attraction. I leant a lot, the displays were creatively conceived and well presented, so you could take away as much or as little information as you wanted to. The whole family had a very positive experience and found out some new things.

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