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House of European History - Opening

Education and Culture
Date: Saturday, 06 May 2017 10:00

Venue: House of European History  |  City: Brussel, Belgium

From May 6th, get ready for an exceptional journey through the history of Europe! The House of European History offers exhibitions in the 24 official languages of the European
Union. Come and discover a fascinating and playful experience adapted to young and old.

► What?

★ Permanent exhibition
Using original and replica objects, immersive and interactive environments will appeal to different senses – sight, hearing, touch and sometimes even smell.

There are plenty of fun and interactive things for families to get involved in when visiting. Our 'Time Traveller' resources allow the young (and not so young) to journey back through European history to discover the highs and lows of past centuries.

To give visitors a better understanding of the tumultuous events of the 20th century, the permanent exhibition will focus firstly on the convictions and beliefs that defined the 19th century – Europe’s ‘entry into modernity’ – before moving on to consider Europe’s descent into war and destruction.

This will be followed by the search for a better life in an increasingly united Europe.

Visitors will be encouraged to think about the Europe of today, the status and position of the European Union, and the part that
everyone can play in shaping Europe's future.

★ Temporary exhibition

'Interactions- Centuries of Commerce, Combat and Creation’ illuminates exemplary moments and revealing stories of encounters and exchanges in European history. This exhibition is a participatory experience, packed with games and hands-on exhibits that turn complex historical processes into fun and memorable experiences.

The exhibition starts with an interactive installation called Tracking my Europe which explores those things in visitors’ daily lives that defy physical borders and cultural boundaries. Answers will be shared online to create a new map of Europe in the exhibition!
Visitors will first discover how Europeans have constantly been moving and meeting to exchange goods, fight wars, negotiate agreements, and share knowledge. They will then be invited to wander through the rooms of a home to explore the culturally mixed nature of the many things that surround us and to play games, watch films, smell perfumes, and rest on a bed!

★ Treasure hunt

On the 6th of May, why not turn your family visit to the House of European history into an adventure? A treasure hunt with plenty of fun and interactive activities for kids inspired by the lives of Europeans in the past will take place outside the museum in the Leopold park between 10:30 and 18:00. Put yourself in the shoes of a soldier, a nurse, a miner, an astronaut, a displaced person or a 19th-century bourgeois. At each station of the treasure hunt, collect a piece of a puzzle and assemble them all in the end to get a reward! Through creativity and active participation, this treasure hunt will give you a hint of what the House of European History aims to offer to its younger visitors.


Belliardstraat 135
1000 Brussel, Belgium




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  • Saturday, 06 May 2017 10:00

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