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BELLUM & ARTES – A European Partnership Project

Four hundred years after the beginning of the Thirty Years’ War, twelve museums and research institutions from Germany, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Spain and Belgium have come together to examine the war’s impact on the arts through a transnational lens.
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Fake For Real Touring Exhibition

Throughout the centuries – in war, politics, the economy and other spheres of human activity – forgery and deceit were used to advance their creators’ goals. Fake for Real: A History of Forgery and Falsification, is an exhibition that explored these themes for more than a year at the House of European History, its Brussels base. Now, it is about to go on tour...

Public History as the New Citizen Science of the Past

Public History as the New Citizen Science of the Past (PHACS) develops public history and participatory models for interpreting the past. PHACS facilitates interactions between academics, cultural institutions, groups, associations and the general public. The goal is to democratise not only access, but also the ‘production’ of history.

Creating a multi-voiced history of waste

How can we tell the history of waste without first understanding the situation today? How can we talk about waste without talking about the people who deal with it? How can you create an exhibition about rubbish without consulting the real experts? The communities in charge of waste management and reduction in Brussels opened their doors to us and shared their knowledge.

Museums Explore History of Rubbish in Europe

Why should museums talk about rubbish? A topic that is by definition marginalised as it concerns what we dispose of and do not want to look at anymore, waste has become a central issue of our time. As places for learning, reflection and debate, connecting objects and stories across time, museums are uniquely positioned to expose the topic.
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Covid Makes History

The House of European History began a project collecting evidence of life in Europe during the pandemic, under the working title "Documenting Covid". So far it has focused primarily on the phenomena of solidarity, hope and community building. As a next step, we are sharing the experiences and results from a variety of museums' diverse collecting actions. Together these allow us to connect, confront and compare experiences with a continent-wide audience.

Rail Recollections

In 2021 we celebrated the European Year of Rail. The EUROPALIA programme “Trains & Tracks” explored the impact of the train from artistic and societal perspectives. To contribute to the EUROPALIA Trains & Tracks programme, the House of European History created a pan-European online collection of personal stories about train travels across national borders as a common formative European experience.


The House of European History participates in a variety of national and international associations in the museum and cultural heritage field, such as ICOM, NEMO and the Brussels Museum Council. It also undertakes outreach work with diverse groups in the immediate Brussels neighbourhood and region, and cooperates with museums, universities and civil societies across Europe.

This interactive map shows partners, organisations and museums across the Europe and the world, who have contributed to projects or generously agreed to lend objects to the House of European History.


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