Directive of the Federal Council from 16 March 2020, 24.00 hours: Temporary closure of the museum and the entire building until at least 19 April 2020. We look forward to welcoming you back when the situation has normalised. In the meantime, you can reach us by e-mail at

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In line with the message of the Bourbaki Panorama, we would like to encourage everyone to commit themselves to the protection and well-being of the most vulnerable and to solidarity with our fellow human beings during this extraordinary situation. People in the neighbourhood, friends and family will need help.

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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 tour 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.

Open daily
April to October: 9am–6pm 
November to March: 10am–5pm

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