Nowadays, many medieval inventions still simplify our lives: our ancestors started using forks to eat pasta, and thanks to their fireplaces, they could cook and warm up their houses, which started having glass windows. To put on eyeglasses to read a book, or to play chess, became popular activities. Today, who could manage without the comfort of these inventions? Could you?
Come discover more than fifteen revolutionary inventions scattered across the Castle of Chillon, a wonderful architectural creation that is also the result of medieval innovation.
“Medieval Factory”: a playful, interactive exhibition, not to be missed. From January 27th 2017, to April 29th, 2018.
Aside from castles and knights, what else do we owe to the Middle Ages?
Many inventions from this period still make our lives easier today. Seeing better with spectacles, writing on paper, finding the way with a compass, and transporting materials in a wheelbarrow all began in medieval times. Although it is true that certain inventions like the compass and gun-powder already existed in the East before appearing in Europe, there is no doubt that the Middle Ages period was more inventive than it often seems.
This exhibition makes it possible to discover both the history and technology of these inventions, and of course to give them a try!
Demonstrations will be given during your visit: the trebuchet and the printing process will no longer hold any secrets!
New offers created around the temporary exhibition:
Team-building offer with reception in one of the large ceremonial rooms
Interactive guided tour "The Innovative Middle Ages!", also available for school group visits.
Free guided tour guided tour on Sundays at 3.15PM from April 9th, to October 15th, 2017
Pedagogical workshop "Paper goes wild"
Birthday party "Small Inventors of the Middle Ages", now open for the first time to children from age 4.
and a cycle of five lectures to learn everything about habits in the Middle Ages!
Regular admission fee, without any supplement.