Bauhaus detectives (2nd – 4th grade)
Bauhaus explorer (5th – 7th grade)
Bauhaus expert (8th – 13th grade)
During the Bauhaus tours, participants can get to know the Bauhaus and follow in the footsteps of the Bauhaus members: How did they live, learn, work and teach? What was invented at the Bauhaus and what rules did they follow when designing? What is special about Bauhaus architecture and what can we still find in our everyday lives today?
All Bauhaus tours combine explanations of the building and the historic Bauhaus with active exploration and observation. For example, building-specific features are discovered, architectural models and historical Bauhaus material samples are examined and design forms are actively explored. In this way, the participants acquire some of the knowledge themselves and pass it on to the other participants. Participants are also given access to special rooms that are not open to the public.
Bauhaus tour at the Bauhaus Building
The Bauhaus Building is the historic school building of the “Hochschule für Gestaltung”: it was built in 1925/26 according to plans by Walter Gropius and opened on 4 December 1926. It was here that students learnt from the Bauhaus masters and other teachers what good design was all about. During the Bauhaus tour, participants become Bauhaus detectives/Bauhaus researchers or Bauhaus experts, depending on their age: after a general introduction with basic information about the Bauhaus, they explore various stations in the famous Bauhaus building in teams, accompanied by experts. Explanations about the building and the historical Bauhaus alternate with activity-orientated research tasks. The children and young people are given activity sheets that encourage them to try things out, think and puzzle.
Bauhaus tour at the Bauhaus Museum Dessau
The Bauhaus Museum Dessau was opened just in time for the Bauhaus anniversary in 2019 and has been home to the treasures of the Dessau Bauhaus collection ever since. They are on display in the exhibition “Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection” in the Black Box, on the upper floor of the museum. As part of this Bauhaus tour, participants will work with key objects from the collection presentation. Individual objects are analysed in groups with the help of activity cards from the pupils’ perspective. Together, they design a tour that invites them to exchange ideas and actively engage with the themes of the collection presentation.