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J.-F Oberlin Museum
Aerostat, higher, ever higher
30 Juillet 2014
Enter the world of the Montgolfier brothers by making a “flying machine.”
July 30, August 8 and 25 and September 3, 2014 from 2 to 5pm.
Registration necessary. All ages.
Family rate : 20 euros

Welcome at J.-F Oberlin Museum


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

That natural shine !
Experiment with simple recipes for cleaning house.
August 20 and 29 and September 15, 2014 from 2 to 5pm.
Registration necessary. Adults.
Price : 15 euros

"The curious Mr "L", J.F. Oberlin's visitor"
Marie-Thérèse Fischer, historian
At 5pm. Free entrance.

The “looking good” workshop !
Make your own cosmetics the natural way.
August 7 and 22 and September 6, 2014 from 2 to 4pm.
Registration necessary. Adults.
Price : 15 euros

Crazy creations
Creative sewing workshop.
August 6 and 21 from 2 to 5pm.
Registration necessary. Ages 8 and up.
Price : 10 euros (snack included).

The paths of pleasure
For an unusual way to discover the places linked to the J. F. Oberlin’s history
August 4, 11 and 18, 2014 at 2pm.
Meet at the Oberlin Museum. Hiking shoes necessary. A 3-hour walk.
Price : Museum visit optional (entrance : 4.50 euros/adult, 3 euros/child, 12 euros/family pass)

Solanaceae, an epic tale of a tuber
An historic and culinary perspective on the potato.
01st, 15th, 28th August and 12th September 2014 from 10:30am to 4pm.
Registration necessary. Adults.
Price : 15 euros (lunch included)

A twig’s destiny
Design and make your own wooden toys.
July 31, August 14 and 27, 2014 from 2 to 5pm.
Registration necessary. Ages 4 and up.
Price : 10 euros (snack included)

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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