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From biodiversity to igniting energy: the Open-Air Museum Ballenberg offers teaching materials for all ages on various topics.

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Impressionen vom Schulprogramm Vielfalt gfallt im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg.

Teaching material for the intermediate levelA research trip for the curious

How did people live and work in Switzerland? The tour on the topic of architecture, man and the environment leads you through the western part of the museum. Questions and assignments can be answered by students individually or in teams.

Leaflets (available in German and French) are free after registering your class at Ballenberg.

Auf Entdeckungsreise im Museum.

Teaching material for all agesThree farmhouses, a store and their stories

This document (available in German and French) contains worksheets for primary, intermediate and advanced levels. On comparing the buildings the students learn interesting facts about building methods, rooms, facilities and economic and social conditions.

These teaching materials are developed in a cooperation between the Ballenberg and the Office of Culture, Preservation of the Canton of Bern.

Frontansicht des stattlichen Bauernhauses aus Ostermundigen BE im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg.

Teaching material for all agesChanging Settlements

What do the locations look like today, where some of the Ballenberg houses once stood? Fourteen short films illuminate the current situation of the place of origin of selected Ballenberg houses. It is impressive to see how Swiss settlement areas have changed over the past sixty years.

To the films «Changing Settlements»
Blick über das Berner Mittelland: Das Bauernhaus aus Madiswil BE, der Kornspeicher aus Kiesen BE und im Hintergrund das Handwerkerhaus aus Herzogenbuchsee BE.

Teaching material for all agesHow does a building get to Ballenberg?

More than 100 buildings from all over Switzerland have been relocated to Ballenberg. They couldn‘t remain at their original location. At the Open-Air Museum you can see examples of the diversity and characteristics of rural architecture. The relocation of the brickworks from Péry (141) was documented from 2015 to 2017.

To the film
Die Ziegelei aus Péry BE (141) im Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg.

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CH-3858 Hofstetten bei Brienz

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Opening hours

11 April to 27 October 2024
10 am to 5 pm daily

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