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The House of European History. A Museum as a Special Unit of the European Parliament

Christine Dupont
27 Jul 2021
13 pages

The House of European History is a museum of European history, established and administered by the European Parliament and opened in Brussels in May 2017. What are the challenges faced by this particular museum institution?

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This contribution offers the point of view of one of the curators who has been working, since the launch of the project in 2011, on the development of its content and communication. The museum is therefore at the centre of the article, first from the perspective of its collections and presentations (which narrative for the history of Europe?), then from the perspective of the standards that it follows and of the professional practices that it promotes, and finally from the perspective of what the European transnational specificity of this museum implies, both in terms of its content and in terms of how it functions within a European institution.

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