Faust Museum

Museum Educational Services

School and Faust Museum

Our offers for the appropriation and mediation of the Faust material are addressed to lecturers, teachers, students and pupils of all school types. The following museum educational formats are ideas that can be tailored to the respective needs, requirements and previous knowledge.

Please feel free to ask us about any of our offers by e-mail faustmuseum@knittlingen.de or by phone +49 7043 951610.

Museum educational offers for teachers – seminars and further training courses

A large number of middle and high school teachers, even primary school teachers, read and discuss Goethe’s Faust I with their pupils – also independently of the dictates of the curriculum.

As an out-of-school place of learning, the Faust Museum/Faust Archive of the town of Knittlingen brings Faust – often perceived as dry and dusty – to life in a lively, versatile and modern way through exhibits and various media.

Our seminar is aimed at student teachers and trainee teachers, but also teachers who are curious about new approaches, ways and focuses of teaching Faust. The enjoyment of literature should be in the foreground:
How can Faust be interpreted? Why did Goethe conceive his Gretchen exactly this way and not differently? What freedom in design did he leave in the text? How can pupils be made aware of the poetry and conciseness of Goethe’s language? What does a sentence like “… what holds the world together at its core” mean?

Possibilities are presented and played out that help the pupils to actively and creatively appropriate the material. We are of the opinion that creative offers are indispensable in order to do justice to the complexity, the versatility and the depth of meaning of the topic.
Of course, we respond to the impulses of the participants: In consultation with you, we set topics and focal points, which are then worked on together for different development paths of the discussion.

As the historical location and origin of the Faust legend, Knittlingen with its Faust Museum and Faust Archive makes it possible to experience the Faust legend.

Offers for pupils

We offer pupils from nursery school age up to A-level various opportunities to engage with Faust.

Pupils can work on a guided tour of the Faust Museum as part of a presentation, for BLL (Special Learning Achievement) or GFS (Equivalent Assessment of Learning Achievement).

The content can be focussed on and a thematic tour of a particular section of the museum can be designed, or all the rooms can be presented in an overview. The special exhibitions in the Faust Archive Gallery also offer a broad field for this. In addition, museum educational and curatorial tasks can be exciting topics for such learning achievements.

The museum guides receive advisory support from the Faust Museum/Faust Archive team. Both the library and the lecture hall are available for preparation and follow-up.

Museum educational services – workshops

Different formats are offered depending on the class level, time and teaching objective.

The basis is a 30 to 60-minute tour of the Faust Museum and the Faust Archive, including the library, whereby focal points can be set at the teacher’s request and specification.

Afterwards, a topic can be chosen to approach the subject of Faust in a creative way.

Different subjects are addressed: German, history, but also history of science.

After discussing a focus, scenes from Faust films can be shown and examples of musical Faust adaptations can be listened to. Afterwards, the pupils should be active and creative themselves: a discussion about the different Faust characters with role-playing or creative writing – writing a Faust scene, applied to current situations. Guiding questions could be: Where can the devil’s pact be found today? What are the motives for the covenant with evil today? And how does evil manifest itself? Who is Mephisto? How could the events be staged in the theatre? But also: How should a museum present Faust?

The pupils can slip into the role of an actor, a dramaturge, a curator, a writer, a journalist, a politician, etc. All this opens their eyes for the design of the play. All this opens their eyes to the design of the material – and allows the material itself to become something familiar.

In this way, a personal reference to this old and yet so topical theme is created, freely according to the motto: Make your own Faust!

All these offers can be realised in the lecture hall of the Faust Archive, which has about 60 seats.

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