House of European History, an interactive voyage through European History

March 1, 2018 | Museums

The diversity of the state-of-the-art multimedia resources included in the exhibition capture the visitor and let him participate in the story from a reflexive perspective.

The House of European History, located in Brussels, is a project promoted by the European Parliament, whose design and technical development were carried out by ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño. The museum opened its doors to the public on 4 May 2017.

The large number and diversity of the state-of-the-art multimedia resources included in the exhibition help to shine a light on the legacy of Europeanism and the European Union, while capturing the visitor and letting him participate in the story from a reflexive perspective.

The centrepiece of the museum is a 25-meter-high sculpture that frames the exhibition space along the six floors of the building and allegorically represents Europe as a “union in diversity through the use of alphabetic and idiomatic references”.

Original pieces, reconstructions of historical scenarios and audiovisual resources help transform the visit into a stimulating experience, debating, questioning and reflecting on the history of Europe.  For this, a tablet guides the visitor through the museum and allows him to interact with the different spaces, automatically translating all the contents to one of the 24 official languages of the European Union.  To enrich the visitor’s experience, the tablet offers additional information, such as images, graphics and texts.

The House of European History is located in the Eastman building of Léopold Park, in the heart of the European quarter of Brussels, and was designed by the architect Michael Polak in 1935.  The renovation and extension of the building was carried out in 2000 by Chaix & Morel et Associés.