EU plans museum of European history

Holiday lights hang from trees to illuminate Champs Elysees in Paris as rush hour traffic fills the boulevard leading up to the Arc de Triomphe December 1, 2008. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Parliament plans to open a museum of the continent’s history from “caveman to today,” officials said Tuesday.

The House of European History will open in Brussels in 2014, and will be “a place in which the European idea comes alive,” said a brochure advertising the new museum.

“It will be a very modest, very cheap project. There is not enough awareness among young people on what Europe is and how it’s developed,” Spanish socialist MEP Miguel Angel Martinez Martinez said.

The exhibition will aim to illustrate both the diversity of the history of Europe and the commonality of its roots, said the brochure.

Exhibits will range from ancient trading routes, the World Wars of the 20th century and Bulgaria and Romania joining the EU in 2007.

Reporting by Huw Jones; editing by Nita Bhalla and Andrew Roche