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J.-F Oberlin Museum

20 Aout 2017

Welcome at J.-F Oberlin Museum


from 1 April to 30 September:
every day from 10am to 7pm, except Tuesdays



The Christian LIfe and its Contribution to Society Today
by Gérard Siegwalt, theologian
Sunday September 17th at 5pm
Free entrance.

European Heritage Days
"Youth and Heritage"
16th and 17th September from 10am to 7pm
Free entrance

Who wants to win coins ?
Track down the storytelling collections.
Saturdays :  September 9 and 30; October 28
from 8pm to 10pm
All ages.
Price : 4 euros

Cranach Painting Luther
by Christian Kempf and Jean Arbogast, pastors
Sunday September 3rd at 5pm
Free entrance.



Doll factory : Act 2
Maria Montessori’s pedagogy and sensory education
Fridays : August 25 ; September 29
from 10am to 5pm
Registration necessary. Adults.
Price: 30 euros


Frédérique Bienvenue, Fidélité Caroline and Louise Charité : their necklaces and the story they tell!
Find the Oberlin daughters’ lost jewellery in the museum gardens and share a snack together.
Wednesday, August 23 at 5pm
All ages. Family pass: 20 euros

Poppy red
Understand the history and recover the imagination of the plant of all dreams
Monday : August 21
from 3pm to 5pm.
Four years and up.
Price: 10 euros (including snack)

This exhibition is based on the following principles

• J.F. Oberlin addresses us though his writings, in the items he himself produced, and by a variety of hand-on activities derived from his own educational research.
• At the Oberlin Museum, the point is not to be the passive observer of a picture or a drawing but to perceive and experiment, thus making us aware oft he divine complexity of the world.
• The exhibition aims to draw the visitor’s attention to the wide scope of Oberlin’s purpose and provide insight into its very core and contradictions

Jean-Frédéric Oberlin Museurn

The collections kept at the Oberlin Museum, at Waldersbach, testify to the 59 years of ministry during which Pastor Oberlin (1740-1826) endeavoured to set up a new society in a remote valley of the Vosges region. His goal was the education of man in his own environment.

Jean-Frédéric Oberlin’s pedagogical and educational work was the foundation of his nursery schools and elementary schools. In 1769 he founded the first « knitting-rooms» with the guidance of «the leaders of tender childhood», the children would open their minds at their own pace, and develop their bodies through physical exercise while participating in activities such as knitting, drawing, creating herbariums in a child-appropriate way.

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