Guided Tours

Education

Education plays an important part at the Vitra Design Museum. A specially trained team develops specific educational activities that are tailored to audience´s needs and enable visitors of different ages to learn about and engage with design and architecture. Our educational activities are aimed at children and young adults, as well as expert audiences, students and all design- and architecture enthusiasts. A wide-ranging programme of tours, workshops, talks and other events allows visitors to gain a deeper insight into the multifaceted field of design and architecture. We are happy to assist you in choosing an activity suitable for you and your group.

Architecture Tours

Architecture Tours

The Vitra Campus is a magnet for design and architecture enthusiasts. Few other places in the world can boast such a large number of contemporary architectural icons. It was here that Zaha Hadid created her very first structure in 1993 – the Fire Station – and American architect Frank Gehry constructed his first building in Europe in 1989. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the VitraHaus of 2010 on the north side of the campus is an eye-catcher, even from afar. Alongside the Vitra Schaudepot, also designed by Herzog & de Meuron, a second public area was created on the campus in 2016. Then, there are other works like the Conference Pavilion by Tadao Ando, a geodesic dome based on the designs of Richard Buckminster Fuller, a petrol station by Jean Prouvé, factory buildings by Nicholas Grimshaw, Álvaro Siza and SANAA and the Vitra Slide Tower by the artist Carsten Höller. Daily guided tours explain the backgrounds of architects and buildings alike.

The VitraHaus (2010), designed by Herzog & de Meuron, can be viewed from the outside during the tour, and its interior can be explored independently.
The Vitra Campus comprises a public and a private area. In the public space, you will find the Vitra Design Museum, the VitraHaus and the Vitra Silde Tower on the Álvaro-Siza-Promenade. The private area, where the production facilities are located, can only be accessed as part of an architecture tour. Please note that only guides of the Vitra Design Museum are allowed to conduct guided tours through the exhibition and on the Vitra Campus.
More information about the buildings

Public Architecture Tour in English (Duration: 2 hours)
> Start at the Vitra Design Museum
Daily 11:30 am

> Start at the Schaudepot
Daily 1 pm

For group booking: Information guided tours
Tours for pupils and students: Information guided tours
More information at info(at)design-museum.de or T +49.7621.702.3200

Factory Building Alvaro Siza
Guided tour in the Vitra Design Museum

Exhibition Tours

Exhibition Tours


The exhibitions in the Vitra Design Museum, Vitra Schaudepot and the Vitra Design Museum Gallery can be visited independently or with guided tours. Groups can book guided tours individually. Along with German and English, we also offer guided tours in French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian and Swedish. Please note that only guides of the Vitra Design Museum are allowed to conduct guided tours through the exhibition and on the Vitra Campus.

> Public guided tours through the current exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum:
Every Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am (in German), Duration: ca. 1 hour, registration is not required

> Public guided tours through the Vitra Schaudepot
Friday till Sunday 1 pm (in German) and 2 pm (in English), Duration: ca. 1 hour, registration is not required

> Children’s Tour Vitra Design Museum (in German):
12 & 19 March, 16 April, 07 & 14 May 2017,
2:30 pm, registration at: info@design-museum.de

> Children’s Tour Schaudepot Materials Detective (in German):
05 March, 02 & 30 April, 28 May 2017,
2:30 pm, for children from 6 to 12 years, registration at: info@design-museum.de

Special guided tours

For group bookings:
Information guided tours (EN)
Information guided tours (FR)

Tours for pupils and students:
Information guided tours (EN)
Information guided tours (FR)

More information at info(at)design-museum.de or T +49.7621.702.3200

Guided tour throught the Exhibition in the Vitra Design Museum
Rudolf Steiner Installation picture

Production Tours

Production Tours


Take a look behind the scenes of the production at the Vitra Campus. Experience different steps of the manufacturing process of the Aluminium Chair on a guided tour in the production hall of Frank Gehry. The chair developed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1958 is considered one of the greatest furniture designs of the 20th century. Vitra has been producing this timeless classic over a period of decades in the same superior quality. Find out more about its history as well as the significance of innovation, quality and sustainability at Vitra. The tour is followed by an introduction to Vitra’s test centre.

Public Production Tours (in German):
every Wednesday at 2 pm; the tour does not take place on 28 December 2016,
max. 10 persons. Tickets are available at the Vitra Design Museum.

For group booking: Information guided tours

More information at info@design-museum.de or  T +49.7621.702.3200

Offers for Children

Offers for Children


For children, we offer guided tours though the current exhibition and the Vitra Campus which are specially adapted to our young guests. The participants are introduced to the theme in an entertaining way, interact with the guide and are made familiar with the huge importance of design and architecture in their everyday environment. Also many of our workshops for children and pupils include a guided tour, followed by a practical workshop under the direction of experienced teachers.

Children’s Tour Vitra Design Museum (in German):
16 October, 13 November, 11 December 2016, 22 January 2017
2:30 pm, for children from 6 to 12 years

Children’s Tour Schaudepot (in German)
:
27 November 2016, 8 January, 5 February 2017
2:30 pm, for children from 6 to 12 years

More information and reservations at info@design-museum.de or
T +49.7621.702.3200

To our workshops

Vitra Design Museum Wokrshop for Children
Vitra Design Museum Children Wokrshops

Offers for Schools

Offers for Schools


For school classes, we offer guided tours though the current exhibition and the Vitra Campus which are specially adapted to our young guests. The participants are introduced to the theme in an entertaining way, interact with the guide and are made familiar with the huge importance of design and architecture in their everyday environment. Also many of our workshops for children and pupils include a guided tour, followed by a practical workshop under the direction of experienced teachers.

Information for group booking: Guides Tours for Schools & Students

More information and reservations at info(at)design-museum.de or
T +49.7621.702.3200

To our workshops

School class in frot of the Vitra Design Museum
Workshops for Forms

Workshops in Boisbuchet

Workshops in Boisbuchet


During the summer months the Centre International de Recherche et d’Education Culturelle et Agricole (C.I.R.E.C.A.) offers a series of interdisciplinary workshops. Participants from all over the world live and work for one week with renowned designers, architects and artists at the Domaine de Boisbuchet (16500 Lessac), an idyllic country estate in the Southwest of France. The focuse is on the practical and creative work, in the evenings a versatile accompanying programme is offered with lectures, discussions and general leisure activities. Workshops this summer are led by (among others) Richard Rogers, Sou Foujimoto, Max Lamb, Jaime Hayon, Luis Urculo, Pedrita, Big Game, Maria Blaisse and the colombian bamboo architect Simon Velez.

More Information at www.boisbuchet.org or T +33.545.896.700

Castel Boisbuchet
Workshop in Boisbuchet