The museum as a learning space
The Fondation Beyeler is a unique place to experience art. School groups and groups of students can see masterpieces of modern and contemporary art, and deepen their understanding of the works through guided tours and workshops.
Online booking is required for visits, tours and workshops. Bookings by e-mail or telephone are not accepted. The booking is valid when you receive written confirmation of your visit.
Our school tours of current exhibitions or the museum's regular collection are conducted by museum educators from the Fondation Beyeler. The tours take around 60 minutes and are suitable for students of all ages, up to university level: the content is adjusted to suit the needs of the group. Groups are limited to a maximum of 25 participants.
School workshops comprise two elements: a guided tour of the current exhibition or the museum's regular collection, and a session of practical work in the studio. The offering is suitable for school students of all ages, up to university level: the content is adjusted to suit the needs of the group. If the weather is fine, the workshop can take place at the mobile studio in the park. The tour and workshop last for 2.5 hours. Students should bring their own refreshments. Groups are limited to a maximum of 25 participants.
When visiting the museum with a school party, you may prefer to conduct the tour yourself. Please note that advance registration is required and that the duration of the visit is limited.
- Workshops and guided tours are free of charge for school groups from Switzerland and elsewhere.
- Admission is free for pupils and students with ID up to age 25, and for two accompanying persons.
- Further accompanying persons, and students aged over 25, pay the normal admission charge.
Introduction for teachers and lecturers
At the beginning of each exhibition we organize introductory sessions for teachers and lecturers, outlining the main themes of the exhibition and suggesting various itineraries for school groups [in German].
Click on the link below to see a checklist for planning your museum visit, together with further preparatory information on the content of the exhibition:
Art Lab School
Are you planning a school project week that interfaces with art or with one of our current exhibitions? Our Art Lab School is ideally equipped to meet your needs. Working with you, we can tailor a plan of activities for your school group at the Fondation Beyeler. The Art Lab program is young, hip, and entirely contemporary. We offer a wide range of possibilities, from practical workshops and interactive exhibition tours, to studio facilities that enable you to realize a project of your own, for a young audience or for your school. Contact us and find out what we have to offer—let us be your source of inspiration.
Art education in collaboration
In the summer of 2019, the Fondation Beyeler's Art Education department launched a close cooperation with the Erlensträsschen elementary school in Riehen, located behind the new museum park. Together, we are trying out new approaches in art education, with the aim of developing participative projects for implementation in the museum and the park.
This framework provides some 200 children with a self-directed, immersive experience of art, involving all the senses. Our close cooperation ensures that interaction and participation will be central to all our new projects for this age group.
For kindergarten groups
Since 2020 the Art Education department at the Fondation Beyeler has been offering a chance for children aged four to six to experience art in the museum and the studios. The group encounter with art, ably assisted by the hand-puppet Ursula the Owl, is carefully planned with the kindergarten teachers, and comprises four sessions, at the kindergarten, and in the museum and the studios. This gives the children enough time to familiarize themselves with the location and the art works, and to become active themselves.
The four sessions are spread over a period of three to four weeks, depending on the exhibition, the subject, and the kindergarten timetable. The kindergarten offering is available for around ten groups in each school year.
If you are interested in the scheme, please contact the education coordinators by e-mail.