Secondary school

Our cultural mediators take up the themes covered in the permanent exhibition and look at them from different perspectives, such as the changes they undergo from one historical period to another and between geographical locations. They engage a discussion with the pupils, based on what they have observed and learnt. The aim is to help them grow their general culture.

What is heritage? / Guided visit / 1 hr 30 mins

This guided tour of our permanent exhibition helps pupils understand what heritage stands for and looks at various components, such as archaeological, fortified and intangible heritage.

How carpenters work / Workshop / 1 hr 30 mins

How does the half-timbered house keep standing? How can the houses be dated? What materials are used to build them?

Fresco painting / Workshop / 1 hr 30 mins

Fresco derives from the Italian al fresco and describes a technique used to make wall paintings, many of which have stood the test of time. How is it done? To begin with, it means getting your hands dirty!

Stained-glass, working with light / Workshop / 1 hr 30 mins

Stained-glass has been a continual source of fascination for its ability to control light! Pupils will find out how stained-glass is made and how techniques have changed over time. They’ll also be able to colour their own piece of glass and put it in its lead frame.


Earth in all shapes and sizes / Workshop/ 1 hr 30 mins

Earth is a natural resource which we have been using since prehistory and which is found throughout the house in different shapes and forms.


Stone cutting / Workshop / 1 hr 30 mins

An introduction to stone cutting, based on Romanesque carvings from the Abbey of Andlau and Renaissance bas-reliefs from the Seigneurie. Pupils will play the role of a stonemason and find out how they did their job.


What is leather? / Workshop / 1 hr 30 mins

An introduction to leatherworking, discovering what happens with the raw material and imitating the craftsman’s techniques.

The castle, a local product / Self-guided visit / 2 hours

If you want to build quickly, build locally! Generally speaking, it took about 4 years to build a castle in Alsace. Walking round the castles of Spesbourg and Haut-Andlau is a great way of finding out and understanding how they were built.


Snapshot of Andlau / Treasure hunt / 1 hr 30 mins

With a map in hand to guide you, set off to find the hidden treasures of Andlau.

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