Education and creativity

The museum and children’s museum are places of cultural education where we keep in mind the many various target groups and their wide range of learning needs. In order to meet these, we provide accompanied museum visits, guided tours, literary tours and talks about art for all ages. Individual creative work in our workshops and studios is led by our artists and educators. All of our offers can be booked by agreement on an individual basis. As an extracurricular learning facility, we cooperate closely with schools and kindergartens. Through our holiday programmes for the children of working parents we help to meet the needs of combining work and family life.

Our programme of events is put together by a large team comprising art historians, experiential and art educators, drama teachers, art therapists and other qualified educators.

offers and formats

Our guided tours and talks through the exhibition

Experience more, see more: in our guided tours we present the museum, its special exhibitions and the Edwin Scharff and Ernst Geitlinger permanent collections to people of all ages. We complement the offer with special literary or musical tours, and guided tours with actors.

Usually the public tours are held in German language.

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In addition you are welcome to book a private, guided tour. Please call 0731 70 50 25 20 or contact us via e-mail.

Art meets literature

Hearing and seeing: We occasionally provide literary tours of our special exhibitions, in which actors recite poems and stories bringing to life the work and times of the artists being exhibited.

This programme is usually held in German language.

Art studio in the museum

For adults

Enjoy drawing, painting, printmaking and clay modelling while learning from experts. Not only do we show adults around our art exhibitions we also provide a wide variety of artist-led creative courses. Apart from the content of the exhibitions, we also want to impart creative and artistic skills and techniques. For example, we regularly run life and portrait classes and also modelling workshops.

The current date can be found here.

It is also possible to combine a museum tour with a workshop session.

guided exhibitions

Accompanied exhibition visits

Allow us to show you the most exciting parts of the exhibition. There are no guided tours in the children’s museum because it is a place where everyone can discover and explore for themselves. But our exhibition guides know where you can film, listen, take notes or gain hands-on experience. They are there to give you tips and information about your visit.

It is of course possible to visit the exhibition in the children’s museum on your own, but an accompanied visit is more exciting.

Combined exhibition visit and museum workshop

Groups that have signed up for an accompanied visit can book one of the creative play workshops that our educational team develops for every exhibition.

 

We offer this programme in German and English language.

Workshops

Workshops for Schools and kindergartens

It is also possible to arrange accompanied tours of the children’s museum outside our normal opening times. If required, you can also combine them with a workshop session.

For every exhibition in the art museum there is a museum workshop programme lasting several weeks, that is open to schools and kindergartens several times a day. For older classes there are dialogue-based tours through our permanent and special exhibitions.

 

Booking

We would ask you to give us at least one week’s notice to arrange tours and accompanied exhibition visits. Tours are only booked when you receive confirmation of registration by email.

If you would you like to receive the dates of our museum workshops for the corresponding art exhibitions please email us via: kindermuseum@neu-ulm.de and we will be happy to include you in our mailing list.

We offer this programme in German and English language.

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Education and creativity

The museum and children’s museum are places of cultural education where we keep in mind the many various target groups and their wide range of learning needs. In order to meet these, we provide accompanied museum visits, guided tours, literary tours and talks about art for all ages. Individual creative work in our workshops and studios is led by our artists and educators. All of our offers can be booked by agreement on an individual basis. As an extracurricular learning facility, we cooperate closely with schools and kindergartens. Through our holiday programmes for the children of working parents we help to meet the needs of combining work and family life.

Our programme of events is put together by a large team comprising art historians, experiential and art educators, drama teachers, art therapists and other qualified educators.

Further training in the museum

The museum provides training programmes for teachers of children of all ages tailored to the current topics in the museum.

Further information is available at: kindermuseum@neu-ulm.de.

School in the museum: Our working groups

The museum has been cooperating with primary, secondary and special needs schools since 2010. In the course of a school year, five school working groups spend afternoons exploring the exhibitions in the museum and children’s museum and working creatively in the workshop using a wide range of materials and techniques. Members of the museum’s educational staff supervise the working groups in consultation with the responsible teachers.

Holidays in the museum!

We are doing our bit to support working parents by providing a great holiday programme for their children. Every year at Easter and at the beginning and end of the summer holidays our educational assistants develop new and exciting concepts for children from about six to ten years of age. Activities are oriented around a particular topic and will include building things and experimenting in the workshop, exploring the building and its surroundings and playing in the museum courtyard. We will also be doing some chopping and cooking in the museum kitchen!

Our holiday programmes are extremely popular, so we recommend booking early.

More information can be found in our calendar.

“Museum in a rucksack”

From September 2016, while the museum was closed for refurbishment, we developed the “museum in a rucksack” concept to enable us to continue with part of our educational offer for schools and nurseries.

There was a choice of three topics:

“What are sculptures made of? – Edwin Scharff, a sculptor from Neu-Ulm and sculpture”;

“The town in a rucksack. What is a town and what makes a town fun?” and

“Can colourful splodges be art? The enjoyment of colour and form.”

But we are not putting the “Museum in a rucksack” back in the attic after the museum reopens in 2018 — it has proved far too popular for that.

In future, anyone wanting to join our “Museum in a rucksack” will start inside the museum where the rucksack will be packed before we go outside! The group excursion will end in the museum.

Dates: by arrangement, at least 14 days before your preferred date. If you are interested, you can obtain further information via: kindermuseuml@neu-ulm.de

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celebrate in the museum

Birthdays and business events

Is there an occasion that you would like to celebrate in a really special way? Then why not spend some creative time with your family, colleagues or business partners in the museum? Choose between our studio or guided tour offers – or plan a programme with us that is tailored to your particular occasion. Catering for your guests can be arranged in the museum café.

Please book well in advance so that we can accommodate your requirements. Charges will depend on your individual booking. You can contact us on +49(0)731/70 50 25 20 or via esm@neu-ulm.de.

Children’s birthday parties

Boys and girls aged 5–12 plus a maximum of 11 friends can celebrate their birthday with us. We can provide a programme for children’s birthday parties of up to three hours, in which they can explore the hands-on exhibition or be creative in the museum workshop. You are welcome to bring your own party food for your birthday guests or you can arrange catering for them in the museum café.

Our children’s birthday parties are very popular, so to be certain of arranging your preferred date, please contact us well in advance via: kindermuseum@neu-ulm.de.

Please notice: Birthday parties can take place on Fridays and Saturdays.

New in the museum

OPEN STUDIO

for young people and adults

Our open studio offers you the opportunity of experimenting with the materials prepared for you. It’s up to you to decide whether you prefer to work with emulsion and acrylic paints, pastels, pencils or charcoal. An art educational assistant will be there to provide suggestions if needed and answer any questions.

Dates: once a month on Saturdays from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Charges: entrance charge, no prior registration is required

 

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02.02.
Open Studio

02.03.
Open Studio

06.04.
Open Studio

Once upon a time – Sunday stories in the museum

Who doesn’t enjoy being told a story? From December 2018 on you can listen to stories from all over the world.

People young and old from the age of 4 who enjoy listening, watching and taking part are very welcome. It could be a really exciting story, or one so funny that you can’t stop laughing; it might be a mystery story or even a ghost story. Who knows? Come along and listen for yourself.

There will be a new story waiting for you every second Sunday in the month from 1.30 – 4.30 p.m.

 

Dates

10.02.
Once upon a time: Sunday stories in the museum

10.03.
Once upon a time: Sunday stories in the museum

14.04.
Once upon a time: Sunday stories in the museum

An international museum: cultural encounters in the Edwin Scharff Museum

The Edwin Scharff Museum has always considered itself to be a place that enables and supports the meeting of cultures. Communication between people of different cultures is an issue that is particularly important to us. We will be inviting people to a series of regular intercultural dialogues. In the museum there are many pictures and sculptures that are directly linked to our everyday culture and have connections with our personal biographies. We want to discuss these in a relaxed atmosphere and bring our different worlds of experience closer together.

The group always welcomes new members. This event is free.

 

Dates

28.02.
An international museum: cultural encounters in the Edwin Scharff Museum

11.04.
An international museum: cultural encounters in the Edwin Scharff Museum

16.05.
An international museum: cultural encounters in the Edwin Scharff Museum

Digital offer

Media guides

Your visit will be even more informative and diverting with one of our various audio guides. You will discover many interesting facts about the museum, particularly about the Edwin Scharff collection. See what Edwin Scharff, the penniless art student, wrote to a patron, or the stories behind some of the artworks.

Blind and visually impaired people can find out about the museum and its collections via a separate audio track. Similarly, there are tracks in English and simplified German. Videos in German sign language are also integrated in the audio guide.

The audio guide can be borrowed from the museum free of charge.

Media stations

Our media stations can be found in the permanent collection of Edwin Scharff and his contemporaries.

You can call up information about the exhibits and the museum collection in the corridor and Rooms 2, 3 and 4. It is also possible to see what contemporary artists and experts think about Edwin Scharff.

Our media stations are an entertaining way of deepening knowledge about the exhibits and the subjects Edwin Scharff was concerned with. With the aid of audio and video clips, texts and pictures, the media stations provide vivid information about Scharff’s life and work, together with general information about the history of sculpture and bronze casting.