House of European History

© House of European History

George Eastman (1854-1932) was a US industrialist who founded Kodak and invented the Kodak camera. In 1933, he commissioned Swiss architect Michel Polak to build a dental clinic, making Brussels the latest in a string of cities (after Rochester, London, Rome, Paris and Stockholm) to have such an Eastman-funded facility. Polak, an adherent of modernism who was also behind the nearby Résidence Palace, designed an imposing building with a restrained façade and a flat roof. Inside, a large entrance hall featuring attractive marble finishings afforded access to the offices and the children’s waiting room. The latter was decorated with frescoes based on La Fontaine’s Fables, painted by one of Polak’s friends, Camille Barthélémy. In 2011, a modern extension was added to the building that would later host the House of European History. Opened in 2017, the museum aims to enhance understanding of Europeans’ shared past.

The permanent exhibition addresses the issue of Europe’s colonial history. The collection includes many items related to the colonial powers, as well as artworks like the sculpture by Niyi Olagunju, expressing the sense of alienation caused by the trauma of colonialism.

Guided tours:
Sat. & Sun.: 12:00, 14:00, 16:00.
Sat. & Sun.: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00.
Sat. & Sun.: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00.

Guided tours in French Belgian Sign Language:
Sat. & Sun. at 15:00. In cooperation with Arts & Culture.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00

Parc Léopold/Leopoldspark Rue Belliard/Belliardstraat 135, Brussels-Extensions

Reservation only for guided tours

Accessible with assistance

Accessible with assistance