Open again!

We are very pleased that the museum has been open again since 11 May and that life has returned to the Bourbaki Panorama. Please note our special opening hours, which are valid until further notice.

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From 6 June 2020, measures to combat coronavirus will be largely relaxed. Guided tours and events, which take current protection measures into account, will soon be authorized in our European cultural monument.

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Panorama as medium

As a form of art, the panorama painting is actually a part of a long tradition which can be seen throughout all epochs of art history. The most important element of this art form is illusion. There are many ways to create illusion.

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Special exhibition: Visual Wonders. Trickery, Deception & Illusion

The Bourbaki Panorama dedicates its special exhibition to the fascinating world of optical illusions from the past and up until today.

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Guided tours for children

In German.
Discover surprising stories about the Bourbaki Panorama with Nadine and Fjanne.

Saturday, 10:30–11:30 am

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The Bourbaki Panorama, a European cultural monument, portrays the internement of 87’000 French soldiers who fled to Switzerland during to winter of 1871. Visiting the Bourbaki Panorama is like immersing into the Val-de-Travers valley at the end of the 19th century, when Switzerland laid the foundations of the humanitarian and neutral tradition. This inspiring story was depicted on the 10 x 112 m (originally 14 x 112 m) circular painting by the painter Edouard Castres in 1881. Circular paintings as a form of mass media are not only considered as the precursor of the cinema, they are also a source of inspiration for contemporary medial trends and types of digital narratives. The classified building houses a multicultural and multimedial offer under one roof. The Bourbaki Panorama is a popular event location in Lucerne.

Opening hours:
Until further notice open daily from 10-17 hours.
Please inform yourself before your visit about possible adjustments.

Bourbaki Panorama
Löwenplatz 11
CH–6004 Luzern
T +41 41 412 30 30
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