Your birthday at the Musée de l’Elysée

Come celebrate your birthday and discover photography in a creative and entertaining way! Choose one of our workshops created for you and invite your friends to join in the fun.

Led by a museum educator, each workshop lasts two hours and includes several activities and games linked to photography, inspired by a character related to the Museum’s collections. The activities are prepared in advance and adapted according to the age range of the participants.

Please note that all workshops are in French 

Amadou’s Adventures (4 to 7 years)

Have you met Amadou ? This little rag doll was created by Suzi Pilet, a Lausanne-based photographer. Come discover Amadou’s adventures through a Kamishibai tale and create the setting of your dreams for his next story. 

Activities proposed:

  • Kamishibai tale: discover the story of « Amadou the Bold », told by a museum educator
  • Your decor for Amadou: create a decor and a costume for Amadou
  • It’s up to you: imagine your own story for Amadou and tell it to your friends 
  • The sound of photographs: associate a photograph and a sound with the help of the objects provided
  • Make your own portrait: take a souvenir photograph in the vintage photobooth and customize your frame

The World of Charles Chaplin (7 to 12 years)

In this workshop dedicated to the famous burlesque artist, you will be immersed in the world of the Tramp through photography. Put on Chaplin’s famous bowler hat and cane. Then imitate the gestures that built his worldwide reputation.  

Activities proposed:

  • Kamishibai tale: discover the story of « The Tramp at the Circus », told by a museum educator
  • Your decor for The Tramp: choose an atmosphere and a photograph for The Tramp and create his costume.
  • It’s up to you: imagine your own story for Charlot and tell it to your friends
  • The Little Tramps: dress up and have your face painted like The Tramp and imagine a big show with your friends
  • Make your own portrait: take a souvenir photograph dressed up like The Tramp in the vintage photobooth and customize your frame
  • The Tramp Dominoes: play a game of dominoes made of positive and negative images from Chaplin’s movies

Practical information and booking

Each birthday workshop includes a brief visit of the exhibitions and the Studio, the Museum’s discovery space for young publics. 

Hours: only on Saturdays, from 2pm to 5pm

Duration: 2 hour workshop, followed by a snack provided by the family and under parental supervision. Snack not included in the price.

Maximal amount of participants: 12 children

Price: 200 CHF

Terms and conditions: please read Terms and conditions

Reservation request: please fill out the online form

Activities for young visitors

The Discovery brochure Visite découverte is free and available at the museum entrance. Read more

The first Sunday of the month, discover the exhibitions through playful, educational activities for families. Read more

Design your own postcard every Wednesday. Read more