Parlamentarium

Parlamentarium, Brussels

Parlamentarium
4
Government Buildings
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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.
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  • Maelbeek • 6 min walk
  • Troon • 7 min walk
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The Travel Couple - Chathu & Ishanka
Kalutara, Sri Lanka941 contributions
Couples
A must visit in Brussels and it is totally free to enter. You can learn a lot about the history of the European Union here. Must book a timeslot in advance. Check there website. Only a limited number of people are admitted due to covid restrictions. So the slots get filled very quickly.
Written November 17, 2021
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Dear chathuandishanka, Thank you for your review, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed visiting the Parlamentarium and we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We hope to see you again at the European Parliament. Best Regards, Anna European Parliament Visitors' Team
Written January 25, 2022
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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium28,314 contributions
Because, on a Sunday afternoon, there was a ridiculously long queue out on the street in the freezing cold to buy tickets for the Keith Haring Exhibition at Palais des Beaux Arts (Bozar) we decided to do something altogether different. We went to see the temporary exhibition on ‘State Security in the GDR Dictatorship’ at the European Parliament’s Visitor Centre Parlamentarium. The centre is modern and well-equipped (lockers, cafeteria, reading room with international newspapers and Wi-Fi) and the multilingual staff are very friendly and helpful. As is to be expected, there is a security check at the entrance. The exhibition was very interesting but consisted mainly of documents, pictures and video films. Everything is translated or subtitled in English. There were only a few objects like a uniform, prison keys, sets to copy keys and a weird camera with the lens hidden behind a coat button to make covert pictures. Still it provided a good overview of the way in which the GDR’s State Security (Stasi) controlled its citizens with chilling tenacity and the help of a staggering number of official and unofficial collaborators. Before leaving we bought a lot of snick snacks with the EU logo in the gift shop. We will certainly go back to view the permanent displays.
Written January 13, 2020
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Dear Trainbleu, Thank you for your review, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed visiting the Parlamentarium and we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We hope to see you soon again at the European Parliament. Keep up to date with the latest news by checking our visitors’ website and following us on social media. Best Regards, Rita European Parliament Visitors' Team
Written March 25, 2020
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Michael Castellano
Madrid, Spain70 contributions
The Parlamentarium was one of the best activities in my recent trip to Brussels. It was so educational and informative, and I left with a deeper appreciation of the European system of governance. Best of all, it is completely free! The museum makes incredible use of technology to create an interactive and immersive experience that is well worth a visit.
Written May 3, 2022
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Graham
Wishaw, UK136 contributions
Solo
The parlamentarium is free to visit and you get an audio guide with a screen on it that you can read.

You tap the audio guide on the information sign at each display and it gives you information on it.

The exhibits cover the recent history of Europe and the workings of the European Parliament.
Written January 20, 2020
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Dear Graham L, Thank you very much for your review, we are sorry to hear that your visit to the Parlamentarium did not meet your expectations. We hope that you will consider visiting the European Parliament again in the future, since we are constantly working to improve the experience. Keep up to date with the latest news by checking our visitors’ website and following us on social media. Best Regards, Rita European Parliament Visitors' Team
Written March 11, 2020
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MissCLane
London, UK93 contributions
This place offers a wealth of information regarding how and why the EU was formed as well as it's function in today's society. It's incredibly interactive and forces the visitor to actively engage with its content and facts. Very visually stimulating and masses of information to digest. Worth a visit if history and politics tickles you...
Written July 14, 2020
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Dear Missy L, Thank you for your review, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed visiting the Parlamentarium and we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We hope to see you soon again at the European Parliament. Keep up to date with the latest news by checking our visitors’ website, and following us on social media on Instagram @visit_ep and on Facebook @visitEuropeanParliament Best Regards, Manuel, European Parliament Visitors' Team
Written July 28, 2020
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Tealee
Las Vegas, NV30 contributions
Family
This was an interesting museum. It explains how and why the EU was created out of WW11. It was free although we needed to register and order a ticket online, which we did right in the lobby. They will answer any questions about that. There are many helpful attendants thorough out the museum.
I took my 14yr old and 20 yr old. It was better for my older child. You need to have some interest in history and world affairs. The 14yr old wasn’t quite ready.
There are free audio guides and a lot of reading for information. There are a few interactive spots. It is mostly targeted to citizens of the EU, but Westerners can still get something out of it.
I would recommend it if you like world affairs and are looking for something to do with high school and up, age levels. We spent about 2 hrs there. We also walked from the Grand Place area and it took approximately 20 mins. There is a park halfway there and a few cafes around the Parlamentarium area.
Written June 17, 2022
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charlotte15567
Worksop, UK44 contributions
Couples
So rubbish. Really boring, would not recommend. You walk around with a phone device and scan each section and literally just read it off the screen

May as well be walking around on your phone whole time. In and out in ten mins
Written May 6, 2022
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Dear Charlotte, We are sorry to hear that your visit to the Parlamentarium did not meet your expectations and we appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. We hope to see you again soon at the European Parliament. With kind regards, Claire EP visitors team
Written July 19, 2022
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Sama
Terrassa, Spain47 contributions
The Parlamentarium is very interesting. It's a cool, juvenile, interactive, game-filled place to understand how the European Parliament works and what does -at least in theory- for European citizens and beyond.

It's really interesting, even it it gets a bit long (my tip: don't spend too much time playing with the videos in the historical timeline part, there's also bunch of cool things to do downstairs), but it's a very nice place to learn and, why not, even have fun!

The staff was really nice and helpful, as is customary in the European institutions. If you're thinking on doing the whole European Parliament experience (together with the House of European History and the Hemicycle), this would be my choice to start with!
Written July 27, 2021
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Ryan19832016
London, UK3 contributions
Couples
This is a good place to go to learn a lot about how the EU works and I was impressed that it was free (The only museum in Brussels that is, apparently). However, I found the whole place quite eerie and I couldn't help but come away with the feeling that the EU is some sort of cult that we're being brainwashed into believing is the only answer to the worlds problems. At one point there was an audio on repeat blasting about how "A federal EU is the only remedy to the crying evils caused by National sovereignty." Very disturbing, especially considering how undemocratic and corrupt the whole organisation is! Thanks goodness Britain is out of it! The staff were very helpful.
Written August 16, 2016
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Squeaks86
Northern Ireland172 contributions
Couples
My country, in my opinion foolishly, left the EU recently. Having visited the Parliamentarium just weeks after the vote, it's even more depressing.

This place is seriously impressive. It's diverse, interactive, technologically stocked and extremely informative. To be at one of the three places of European power and to know we are no longer part of it felt rubbish.

the tours are free, there's audio guides and plenty to see and do.
Written July 11, 2016
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  • Mon - Mon 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tue - Fri 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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