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|Inaugurated||14 October 2011|
The Parlamentarium is the visitors' centre of the European Parliament and is located in the Parliament's Espace Léopold complex in Brussels, it took 6 years to build at a cost of €21 million. The official opening was on 14 October 2011 by President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek. The permanent exhibition contains 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 them 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. 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.
Notes and references
- http://www.neurope.eu/article/parliamentarium-opens-doors-public 'Parliamentarium' opens doors to the public