House of European History

Since 2017 you can find the House of European History in the European Quarter of Bruxelles. It focusses on the older and newer history of Europe as a continent and strives to present a historic line for all states on European ground. The museum starts with the definition of Europe, leads through the central struggles of the last centuries, and ends with current developments and conflicts.

Even though parts of the exhibition are seen as controversial and some voices say that there is no common history, the House of European History enables an interesting look back into history. What surprised me most is how the perception of Europe and of single EU member states changed even just over the last decades. It is a museum that can be a brilliant starting point for debates.

After passing an airport-style security check you’re getting equipped with a tablet and headphones. The tablets locate you using beacons and play audio information suiting to your surroundings. It is one of the rare cases where such personal multimedia items were really useful. You can then pass up from the bottom to the top of the building. The tour ends with a place to relax, to refresh your batteries (and the ones of your devices) and to start reflection what you’ve seen.

House of European History (HEH)
Rue Belliard 135
1000 Bruxelles

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