Guided Tours

Guided Tours

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. More information about the buildings

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.


Architecture tour in German:
Daily, at 11 am
Additionally every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays at 2 pm

Meeting point: Vitra Schaudepot
Reservations at the Vitra Campus or at www.design-museum.reservix.de 

    Architecture tour in English:
    Daily, at 12 pm
    Additionally every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays at 3 pm

    Meeting point: Vitra Schaudepot
    Reservations at the Vitra Campus or at www.design-museum.reservix.de 

    Architecture tour in French:
    First Saturday and Sunday of every month, as well as on French public holidays (1 & 11 November, 25 & 26 December 2022, 1 January 2023)
    2:30 pm

    Meeting point: Vitra Schaudepot
    Reservations at the Vitra Campus or at www.design-museum.reservix.de

    Private architecture tours
    Bookings at: info(at)design-museum.de

    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 Tours – Vitra Design Museum

    Guided Tours – Vitra Design Museum

    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.

    Guided tour in German
    »Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine«:
    From 1 October 2022, every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday, 1 pm
    Meeting point: Vitra Design Museum

    Private exhibition tours:
    Bookings at info@design-museum.de

    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 Tours – Vitra Schaudepot

    Guided Tours – Vitra Schaudepot

    The guided tour focusses on the highlights from the Vitra Design Museum collection, including rare and singular pieces from designers such as Gerrit Rietveld, Alvar Aalto, Charles & Ray Eames but also less well-known or anonymous designs, rarities and prototypes. Additionally, the presentation »Colour Rush! An Installation by Sabine Marcelis« at the Vitra Schaudepot allows for fascinating cross-references between periods and styles, and provides visitors with an overwhelming immersive experience.

    Guided tour in German
    »Colour Rush! An Installation by Sabine Marcelis«

    Every Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays, 3 pm
    Meeting point: Vitra Schaudepot

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

    Wunderkammer

    Wunderkammer

    Another attraction at the Vitra Campus, the »Wunderkammer« presents spellbinding mise-en-scènes featuring more than one thousand action figures from the collection of Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman Emeritus of Vitra. This includes robots, space toys, comic book characters, folk art, and advertising, often created by anonymous artists and designers. All of them are products of a pop culture that still fascinates millions of children and grown-ups today.

    Visitors can experience the Wunderkammer exclusively as part of a public guided tour. Registration here.

    Guided tour in German
    9 and 23 October, 6 and 20 November, 4 and 18 December 2022, 15 and 29 January, 12 and 26 February, 12 and 26 March 2023
    2 pm, meeting point: Vitra Schaudepot

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

    Oudolf Garten

    Oudolf Garten

    The garden created by Dutch designer Piet Oudolf in 2020 adds another facet to the Vitra Campus. An artful wilderness, it consists of nearly thirty thousand plants and covers four thousand square metres. Its array of colours changes with the seasons, providing a rich setting for the surrounding architecture. Join a guided tour and learn more about the garden’s layout and design!

    Tour in German:
    Until 1 November 2022
    Every Sunday and on holidays at 3 pm, Vitra Design Museum

    Tour in English:
    Until 29 October 2022,
    Every Saturday at 3 pm, Vitra Design Museum

    Guided tours at the Oudolf Garten will continue after the winter break, from May 2023; more information to follow.

    Backstage @Vitra Design Museum

    Backstage @Vitra Design Museum

    What do curators do? How do objects end up in a museum? What happens in a restoration workshop? Get an exclusive glimpse of the offices, library and the restoration studio of the Vitra Design Museum. The tour also includes a visit to the Barragán Gallery, which offers insights into the archive of Mexican architect Luis Barragán.

    Guided tour in German
    7 October, 4 November and 2 December 2022,
    6 January, 3 February and 3 March 2023
    3 pm, meeting point: Vitra Schaudepot

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

    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.

    Every Wednesday 12:30 pm, Vitra Design Museum. The tour will be held in German. 

    For group booking: Information guided tours
    More information at info(at)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.

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

    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: Guided Tours for Schools & Students

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