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“Interesting and thought provoking”
Review of Parlamentarium

Parlamentarium
Ranked #34 of 406 things to do in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage
Reviewed April 13, 2013

As a Brit we seem to have a natural aversion to the European Commission and Parliament certainly stirred up by certain elements of he British press with their stories about bananas being too straight or too curved.

This is a free exhibition and well worth at least a couple of hours of your time that might just progress into a longer visit as you contemplate some of the displays and information.

Of particular interest were the stories about some of the first Europeans to propose a union including Churchill ( strangely quoted on the French exhibit) and free thinkers from a variety of Countries such as Hungary, Netherlands and Denmark.

Not necessarily everyone's cup of tea but certainly something you could consider especially if its cold and rainy outside.

There's a reasonable cafe downstairs with copies of daily newspapers from around the Union including the Times and Guardian from the Uk.

2  Thank Dagog
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

In one word 'cool'. This is the most technologically advanced museum I've been in! The way it's set up means you can spend as much or as little time there as you want. Good for those with an interest in politics or, like me, are just curious to learn a little more about how the EU works. It's also great that it's free.

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

interesting to see. a in depth look at the creation of the european union. lots to see and lots of information to take in.

2  Thank hunglow
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

I love the fact that Parlamentarium exists, but it is really exciting only for those interested in European history and EU functions. The whole place oozes latest technology, innovations and pride on things accomplished through EU and its predecessors. It's obvious there's great ambitions behind creating the whole visitors' center and it offers knowledge as well as experiences through various ways. There's more trivia on EU than you're probably capable of receiving on one go, so many multimedia presentations you're left spinning and it's also a great place to rest your feet for a while. It hasn't forgotten its child visitors, though I doubt they keep entertained for long.. Parlamentarium leaves you with a sort of empty feeling, like you've only gotten the manual and not the gadget itself. There are only a few leaflets available on EU issues (you'd need to visit another building for materials), some postcards, but visiting Parlamentarium isn't exactly seeing the halls of power. The souvenir shop has a nice rang of goodies, surprisingly though not concentrated on Parlamentarium building or EU flag motif alone, but to European cities and countries. There's also a café, but you're lucky to get a friendly smile from the staff... The great thing beside the visit being free is that Parlamentarium is open daily, with only a few exceptions annually!

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

An interesting part of the European City, It has a lot of history of the European Union. It takes about 2 hours to read everything that it offers. It is in most of the european languages. Very interesting and worth a visit

1  Thank AdrianaRadu
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