Crossing Boundaries. Curiosity, Hope, Courage

When was the last time you crossed a boundary? Do you know your own limits? When have they been crossed? Situations involving boundaries, borders and limits are commonplace. They are ambivalent–both a challenge and an opportunity, both danger and enrichment. Beyond the visual narration of boundary and border crossings, the Bourbaki Panorama is also expanding the boundaries of perception as a medium, creating the optical illusion of a boundless expanse.

To commemorate the crossing of the border by the French Bourbaki Army in the winter of 1871, the Bourbaki Panorama Museum invites you on a voyage of discovery in the world of boundaries, borders and limits: Inspired by the monumental circular painting, the museum offers encounters with and reflections on diverse, contemporary borderlines. Get to know stories about boundaries in the special exhibition, test your own limits and discover your potential for crossing them!


The special exhibition is launched as part of the commemorative year «Solidarity crosses borders. 150 Years of Bourbakis in Switzerland 1871-2021». The exposition will run until 31 August 2023. It is accompanied by a rich programme of guided tours and events.

The exhibition is also suitable for younger museum visitors. Children can explore various border situations in a picture puzzle. Groups and school classes benefit from special guided tours with references to the special exhibition.

The description can also be found in the flyer.

Special exhibition: Visual Wonders. Trickery, Deception & Illusion

Humans have been fascinated by optical illusions for hundreds of years. Garden-shed inventors dupe their audience with trickery and deception and use their amazing viewing devices to astonish their onlookers, make them laugh and send shivers down their spine. Inventions such as the peep box, praxinoscope and flip-book were groundbreaking stages in the process of developing static images into moving images.

From the 1780s, panoramas set a milestone in the creation of illusionary worlds — the first mass media of their time. In today’s digital world, such visual wonders and optical illusions have lost none of their magic — virtual reality is not a modern invention.



The two-part special exhibition in the panoramas in Lucerne and Thun and with the collaboration of the Seico collective and the HSLU Design & Art was dedicated to the fascination of optical achievements and invited visitors to explore with their own eyes.

Panorama laboratory

This unique exhibition space also serves as a room for special exhibitions and as a media laboratory. It has a projection surface of more than 180 degrees, which can be projected with images and sound using the latest projection technology with 8 high-performance LED beamers.



If you are interested in organising an exhibition or a special movie screening, please contact:
Irène Cramm
Museum Director