European Parliament's visitor facilities to reopen on Monday

Small groups from the same household are allowed to enter, but booking in advance is mandatory

On Monday, several European Parliament’s visitor facilities in Brussels will reopen to the public with the necessary distancing and hygiene measures in place to guarantee a safe visit. Of course, they can be accessed free of charge.

In the Parlamentarium, the European Parliament’s visitor’s centre, multimedia guides lead visitors to the heart of the EP, explaining the path towards European cooperation, how the Parliament works and what its members are doing to meet current challenges. It can be experienced in any of the European Union’s 24 official languages.

Visits are self-directed, with the visit taking up to 60 minutes. Visitors are kindly asked to pre-book a slot for their visit. Due to the hygiene measures in place, some sections will be temporarily closed. The temporary exhibition "Behind the Berlin Wall – State Security in the GDR Dictatorship", inaugurated last November to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, will be open.

At the House of European History, situated in the Leopold Park, visitors can explore the permanent exhibition, which includes a look at the history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and how European integration developed.

They can discover the origins and evolution of Europe, encountering both the continent’s diversity and the many historical interpretations of its story. The museum’s trans-European viewpoint delves into historical memories, diverse experiences and common ground shared by the peoples of Europe, exploring how these relate to the present day.

A new display of objects from Belgium and across Europe will be presented in the Fables Room of the museum, entitled “Documenting Covid”, revealing a snapshot of citizens’ lives during the recent Covid-19 lockdown.

The curated selection shows the deep social, economic and cultural impact of the pandemic, as well as exploring common themes of solidarity, hope and resilience experienced in adversity.

Visits are allowed for individual tours or in small groups from the same household,but booking in advance is mandatory.

Other visitors’ facilities will also reopen, including Station Europe on Place Luxembourg in Brussels, where can be obtained information on the Parliament and the visitors offer. Virtual tours and other online activities are also available.

 

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