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Since 2021, the House of European History has been working with 9 museums from 8 European countries active at local and national levels in the fields of culture, ethnology and history. Together, they created this website, a pan- European platform connecting objects, stories and people across time and space, in order to offer diverse and engaging content on the topic of waste.

Vienna, Austria
Austrian museum of folk life and folk art
Volkskundemuseum Vienna is Austria’s largest ethnographic museum with its historic collections dating back to the 19th and 20th century.
Tartu, Estonia
Estonian national museum
The Estonian National Museum’s primary role is attached to preserving the old, fading peasant culture. In addition to gathering and looking after artefacts, it finds it equally important to focus on environmental matters.
Ozzanno Taro, Italy
Ettore Guatelli Museum foundation
The museum results from Ettore Guatelli’s 60 years of collecting. In the 1950s, he explored collectors' warehouses in the Apennines, rescuing furniture, objects, and tools from peasant houses and artisans’ workshops.
Berlin, Germany
Museum of European Cultures
The MEK collects and preserves material and immaterial culture from across Europe. These cultural expressions reflect past strategies for managing daily life since the 18th century and fundamental historical changes in European everyday life.
Celje, Slovenia
Museum of Recent History Celje
The Museum is dedicated to preserving, researching, presenting, and popularising the movable cultural heritage related to the history and ethnology from the start of the 20th century onwards.
Museum of Walloon Life - Province of Liège
The Museum offers the discovery of life in Wallonie, the south part of Belgium, from the 19th century until today. As a true society museum, it permanently evolves with its time, offering temporary exhibitions about a wide variety of themes.
Bucharest, Romania
National Museum of the Romanian Peasant
The l Museum occupies a distinctive place among the European Folk Arts and Traditions museums thanks to its experimental approach to museology which has gained international recognition in 1996 with the awarding of the EMYA.
Museum of Natural History Vienna
The Museum preserves, expands, researches and presents its extensive collections covering biology, earth sciences, anthropology and archaeology in a building designed as a total work of art.
Warsaw, Poland
National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw
The Museum in Warsaw is a space where the achievements of world culture meet with individual sensitivity, becoming an inspiration to discover the beauty of diversity. Our mission is to collect the diversity and richness of cultures around the world.
Bruxelles, Belgique
House of European History
The museum offers a unique perspective on the history of the continent. It takes a transnational approach to the main events and phenomena that have united and divided Europeans through time and the diverse legacies and interpretations of its history.