Programme
Schools
Kindergarten
Birthday party
Adults
Families
 
 

Our museum’s educational programme for schools

 
 

We offer one-hour guided tours on various themes as well as projects lasting several hours.

 

One-hour guided tours

 
  • General tour with an overall impression of the museum
  • Brake Castle : architecture and building history
  • The Renaissance in the Weser region: its influence and geographical distribution
  • Art at the Renaissance court
  • Economic history: reasons for the cultural heyday
  • Fashion in the Renaissance
  • Feasts and banqueting culture in the Renaissance
  • On knights and castles: Knighthood in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
  • Perspective: the secret of the third dimension
  • On dogs, birds and monsters – animals in Brake Castle
  • Christmas in the Renaissance

Size of groups: maximum of 25 people

Duration: about 1 hour

Supervision: a member of the museum educational staff

Price: 1 Euro per pupil

 

Projects lasting several hours

   

 

On dogs, birds and monsters – animals in Brake Castle

Primary school: general knowledge, art

The pupils embark on a discovery trip and find familiar and unknown animals on paintings and furniture. If desired, Brako, the hunting dog (= hand-puppet) of the Renaissance Count Simon VI, will also make an appearance and explain the meaning and history of the animals depicted. After this the pupils make a fabulous creature in the shape of a paper collage, which is then integrated in a game of dice.

Supervision: a member of the museum educational staff

Price: 3 Euros per pupil (1 Euro entrance fee, 2 Euros for materials)

Duration: 2 hours
   

 

 

On knights and castles

Primary school upwards: general knowledge, history

Castle walls, suits of armour and weapons mark the stages in a knight’s training, but he also has to prove his value at a Renaissance table. If the squire also knows something about how coats of arms originated and what they mean, there is nothing to stop him from then being knighted. After this the pupils get dressed up as knights and ladies-in-waiting. Finally, there is a large display tournament.

Supervision: a member of the museum educational staff

Price: 3 Euros per pupil (1 Euro entrance fee, 2 Euros for materials)

Duration: 2 hours

   

 

Christmas in the Renaissance

Primary school upwards: general knowledge, religion, art

On our tour round the castle we investigate together the contents of a museum case in the shape of a large present. This raises questions about the Christmas tree, St. Nicholas and Christmas angels, Lebkuchen (spicy biscuits) and of course about the Christian Christmas story. After this we either make marzipan or angels.

Supervision: a member of the museum educational staff

Price: 3 Euros per pupil (1 Euro entrance fee, 2 Euros for materials)

Duration: 2 hours
   

 

Treasure hunt

Primary school upwards

This involves a circular tour, some of it in costume, round the castle, in the course of which exciting things, strange things and finally treasures are found. The teacher should previously hand in the “treasure” at the museum entrance.

Supervision: a member of the museum educational staff

Price: 2 Euros per pupil (1 Euro entrance fee, 1 Euro for materials)

Duration: 1–1.5 hours
   

 

In perspective. The secret of the third dimension

For 10-year-olds +: maths, physics, history, art

Using paintings, two-dimensional ways of expressing the three-dimensional space are shown, including aerial and colour perspective, the perspective of meaning and geometrical perspective. The computer simulation of a building seen from a geometrical perspective demonstrates how the topic can be understood in modern terms. Using copies of Dürer’s drawing device simple three-dimensional geometric bodies can drawn in correct perspective.

Supervision: one or two members of the museum educational staff

Price: 3 Euros per pupil (1 Euro entrance fee, 2 Euros for materials)

Duration: 1.5–2 hours

   

 

From alchemy to chemistry. Making gold

For 10-year-olds +: chemistry, physics, history, art

In the alchemist’s kitchen and in the museum’s own chemistry laboratory the students learn more about the aims and accomplishments of the natural sciences in the Renaissance. They are also paced through simple series of experiments, thus experiencing how to experiment on their own. Each school class is split into two. One half gathers information about the meaning of gold, the philosopher’s stone and the alchemists at the princely courts, while the other half makes gold in the museum’s laboratory, i. e. copper discs are galvanised and then alloyed with brass. At half-time the groups swap over. The children can take the "gold coins" with them.

Supervision: two members of the museum educational staff

Price: 4 Euros per pupil (1 Euro entrance fee, 3 Euros for materials)

Duration: 1.5–2 hours
   

 

From alchemy to chemistry. Mirrors and self-portraits

For 10-year-olds +: chemistry, physics, history, art

In the picture gallery and in the museum’s own chemistry laboratory the pupils learns more on the one hand about the development of the individual in the Renaissance; on the other, by undertaking a simple series of experiments they are encouraged to experiment on their own. Each school class is split into two. While one half gets to know more about the historical meaning of the mirror and makes a self-portrait, the other half coats glass balls they have blown themselves with reflective silver nitrate in the museum’s laboratory. At half-time the groups swap over. The children can take the glass balls with them.

Supervision: two members of the museum educational staff

Price: 4 Euros per pupil (1 Euro entrance fee, 3 Euros for materials)

Duration: 1.5–2 hours
   

 

Dialogue with mythology

For 12-year-olds +: Latin, German, history, art

Living Latin lessons in the museum:

Pupils study works of art that are connected with ancient history or mythology. After translating the Latin texts on which the myths are based they relate these to the works of art and try to present the “ancient” topic in such a way that it will be of interest to young museum visitors. The project can be adapted to the class’s needs as required.

Supervision: a member of the museum educational staff

Price: 1 Euro per pupil (entrance fee)

Duration: introductory session lasts at least 2 hours plus time to prepare and revise the contents in class at school

   

Ink, quill and paper

Primary school: general knowledge and art

Changes in writing during the ages: How did people use to write in former times? What did they write on? The pupils get to know papyrus, parchment and wax tablets, they make their own ink, create paper and write with reed and goose quill pens. The practical part corresponds to the guidelines for the nature study curriculum.

 

For 10-year-olds +: Latin, German, history, art

We investigate how the texts of ancient authors found their way into modern school books. This involves examining both the various writing utensils and materials, the language used as well as the laborious copying of the texts in the copyists’ workshops and the upheavals that came with the invention of the printing-press. In the practical session we practice writing with quills on papyrus and parchment.

Supervision: a member of the museum educational staff

Price: 3 Euros per pupil (1 Euro entrance fee, 2 Euros for materials)

Duration: 1.5–2 hours