The House of European History is a museum for everyone, be they from Brussels or Budapest, Ghent or Gdańsk. Reaching out to people and communities both near and far is a vital aspect of the museum’s activities. We do this through specific projects and online link-ups with events and partner institutions across Europe and focused outreach work with diverse groups in our immediate neighbourhood and region.
Outreach projects at the House of European History are guided by the following principles:
- Audience development: we undertake a mix of outreach activities to enhance public awareness and to increase the number of visitors and users. We also takes into consideration people who are not traditional museum visitors.
- Accessibility: we aim to provide equitable access to resources for audiences regardless of their location, education level, age, ethnicity, physical or intellectual ability or language. Exhibitions, services and programs are developed within an inclusive framework.
- Consultation and research: consultation and research form the basis of outreach initiatives to ensure programs and activities are relevant to identified target audiences or participating communities.
- Leadership: the House of European History plays a leadership role in the building of networks that facilitate partnerships, collaborations and alliances with other institutions and organisations.
Current projects at the House of European History include the Fake For Real Touring Exhibition, European Democracy Sites, and the pan-European partnership with museums on waste: "Throwaway - a history of a modern crisis".
The European Democracy Sites.
To enhance its international outreach, the House of European History established a new award scheme, the European Democracy Sites.
This symbolic distinction, which will be awarded on an annual basis to at least one historical site per member state of the European Union, will strongly support the museum’s primary mandate of providing pan-European democracy education. The selected sites will be of great value for audience engagement through educational programming, as well as for exchange of resources and expertise. It will be combined with other activities around democracy education carried out by the House of European History.