The Parlamentarium, the European Parliament’s visitor centre, has welcomed over 2.5 million visitors since it opened ten years ago with a mission to explain the Parliament’s key role in European democracy, taking guests on a journey through European integration and showing them how European democracy works in practice.
For its 10th anniversary, the content has been updated to bring it closer to the daily work of the Parliament and the impact it has in our daily lives. Visitors can now enjoy two new interactive media stations featuring key topics on the Parliament’s agenda, like climate change, the digital transition and the Conference on the Future of Europe. They can learn about the opinions of Parliament leaders on the most relevant topics on the European agenda, and how the Parliament addresses them.
The Parlamentarium is one of the top tourist attractions in Brussels, and is open seven days a week and free of charge. It can be experienced with a multimedia guide in 24 languages and is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities. It uses many interactive multimedia tools to give visitors, including younger ones, an insight into the European Parliament and other EU institutions. Visitors enter the heart of the European Parliament to see how political decisions that influence their daily lives are made.
The Parlamentarium is part of a broader visitor offer of the European Parliament in Brussels that has been strengthened in recent years. The Station Europe information point opened in 2016, The House of European History in 2017, and visitors can also pay a visit to the Hemicycle.