Cultural mediation aims to make the Biblioteca Bodmeriana’s abundant material more accessible to the largest possible public. We offer cultural activities stimulating curiosity, encouraging reflection and inciting creativity while increasing visitors’ knowledge. The goal is to expose the greatest possible audience to the intellectual and spiritual wealth of the works collected by Martin Bodmer, and to share the enthusiasm for literature as an adventure. Every temporary exhibition comes with tailor-made activities: themed tours and workshops imagined to sensitize all kinds of groups (adults, families, school visits) to the scientific content of the exhibitions.
Cultural Offer for Adults
Tours of the permanent and temporary exhibitions are regularly given on weekends. Writing and visual art workshops, performances and readings rhythm the cultural life of the museum. An evening tour is offered every first Wednesday of the month, when cultural activities also take place. Lessons are also offered, enabling visitors to try their hand at calligraphy or study classics of Japanese literature in depth
Cultural Activities for Schools and Teachers
Varied educational tours broach the permanent exhibition’s different themes and offer students the opportunity to link school lessons to historical objects.
Every temporary exhibition comes with tailor-made school activities adapted to the students’ ages (from elementary school to university students). Activities are structured around a tour of the exhibition and an interactive part, often in the form of a creative workshop which aims to highlight the intellectual key points of the exhibition and address educational issues.
Cultural Offer for Youths and Families
A grant from the Loterie Romande funded the development of a tour dedicated to the younger public (ages 7-12) in the permanent exhibition area. Conceived in five stages, the tour encourages children to act as explorers, discovering the fundamental works of the museum and learning from them. Discovery booklet in hand, children will acquire knowledge about the cradle of written civilization and the importance of manuscript tradition, until the fundamental intellectual mutation that occurred with the invention of printing. Children will also get acquainted with the history and evolution of writing’s main tool: the book. This autonomous, interactive and educational tour also aims to give children pleasure in their museum visit , whet their curiosity and spark the desire to return.
Introductions and initiations to the museum are also regularly offered for children who haven’t reached school age but can already benefit from our collections’ many aspects.
Every temporary exhibition comes with tailor-made activities: themed tours and workshops sensitize the younger public to the scientific content of the exhibitions. It is vital that children take pleasure in their museum visit. We aim to awaken their curiosity, spark their desire to return and introduce them to museum culture at an age where personality, taste and sensibility are developing: to enjoy an exhibition is a learning process.
Cultural offer for the Public with Special Needs
To offer specific programs to people with mental and/or physical disabilities is something the Martin Bodmer Foundation has close at heart. Working with a special needs mediator, customized tours and creative workshops are tailor-made depending of the target public’s needs.