Programme of public guides tours 2023

The current guided tour programme and the ongoing exhibitions at a glance.

Programm of public guided tours 2023 (PDF)

From 18.09.2023
My 1871. Traces, Fates, Stories

On the traces of Joséphine, Feuille and Edouard: In-depth insights into the internment of 1871 through the personal fates of three main characters!

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“Mes bons et chers amis”: the correspondence of the interned Bourbaki soldiers

In 1871, postal services with France were free of charge for the interned Bourbaki soldiers. The letters could be marked in various ways, including the now rare purple “Gratis” stamp, the first postage-free stamp in the world.

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Cooperation and organisation: the Contract of Les Verrières

Thoughtfully drafted in all haste: The Treaty of Les Verrières regulates the transfer and conditions of internment of the Bourbaki Army.

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Guided tours for children

In German.
Discover surprising stories about the Bourbaki Panorama with Olivia and Salome.

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:
April to October daily 10-18 hours
November to March daily 10-17 hours

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