Parlamentarium

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Parlamentarium
Parlamentarium logo.svg
General information
Type Visitor's center
Location Brussels, Belgium
Coordinates 50°50′19″N 4°22′34″E / 50.838498°N 4.376158°E / 50.838498; 4.376158 (Parlamentarium)
Inaugurated 14 October 2011

The Parlamentarium is the visitors' centre of the European Parliament. Located in the Parliament's Espace Léopold complex in Brussels, it was officially inaugurated on 14 October 2011 by President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek. It contains a permanent exhibition with hundreds of multimedia components, explaining the European Parliament and other European Union institutions. The entrance to the centre is located on the Parliament's esplanade.

Each visitor is provided with a personal multimedia guide (PMG) which guides him or her through the exhibition, location is used to display content relevant to each area. All content in the Parlamentarium is available in the 24 official EU languages.[1] Tours are held for children, blind and deaf people. The PMG is needed to activate each installation and shows in-depth information, plays audio using an in-ear speaker and displays short films in the visitor's selected language.

The Parlamentarium is open 6 1/2 days a week (closed Monday morning) and entry is free. Entry is secured by the use airport style bag and visitor scanners.

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