Tell Me Something About Death

An interactive exhibition about the before and after.

A production by the Alice Museum For Children in conjunction with the Francke Foundations in Halle.

An Unusual Invitation

The topic of death is something of a taboo. We don't like to talk about it, because after all, thinking about the end of our lives or the lives of others is not pleasant. Children, however, tend to pay scant regard to taboo subjects and want to know what happens, when and why. Faced with such questions, we have to accept that death is a part of life and should be discussed, which, in turn, poses interesting questions about our own existence.

The "Tell Me Something About Death" is therefore a slightly unusual exhibition, aimed at everyone aged between 5 and 99. Visitors will be confronted by a topic that often worries us and leaves us unsure of what to say. However, the aim of the exhibition is for everyone to cautiously yet confidently take a step onto 'the other side' and leave with plenty of food for thought, but also a smile on their faces.

Visits by school groups to the exhibition can be made during school hours from Tuesday to Thursday at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Bookings can be made now. Contact: Central Reservation, Tel: 030-53071-333, reservierung@fez-berlin.de

Opening Hours for families outside of school hours: 12pm to 6pm on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. The exhibition will also be open from 10am to 6pm on Monday to Friday during the short school holidays. Advance booking not required.

An extensive accompanying programme for school classes and families is available to compliment a visit to the exhibition.

Further education course for adults, teachers and child carers take place regularly in the Alice Museum For Children.

Schools may also wish to borrow one of our museum suitcases, which are full of resources associated with the exhibition, for use in a lesson.

Previous Locations

  • Hofburg Innsbruck
  • Naturkundemuseum Natur - Mensch - Umwelt, Bielefeld
  • rbb Fernsehzentrum an der Masurenallee, Berlin
  • Edwin Scharff Museum Neu-Ulm
  • FRida & freD - Das Grazer Kindermuseum
  • Kindermuseum zoom, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna
  • Berlin-Parochialkirche
  • mondo mio!, Kindermuseum im Westfalenpark, Dortmund
  • Deutsches Klingenmuseum Solingen
  • Kulturhauptstadt Europas 2007, Luxemburg
  • Kulturfestival Basel/ Museum am Burghof Lörrach
  • Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum Hannover
  • Arbeitsstelle für Religionspädagogik, Oldenburg
  • Helms-Museum, Hamburg
  • Kindermuseum Munich
  • Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Dresden
  • Franckesche Stiftungen, Halle
  • Museum für Sepulkralkultur, Kassel
  • Alice Museum For Children, FEZ Berlin

About The Exhibition

Get a passport and head over to the other side: There you'll find 13 separate and easily accessible areas, each of which dealing with various aspects of life and death.

"Tell Me Something About Death" aims to give everybody the courage to ask their own questions and find their own answers. Find out about potions granting eternal life, browse the "Lounge of Memories", try your hand at archaeology and examine an original tomb or wander through the Gallery of Age?

Whether a grandparent, a parent or still at primary school, everyone aged 5 to 99 can visit the exhibition to experience the intrinsic link between age, time, life and death. Each room contains objects and displays to touch, play with or read. Some will make you think, some will astound you and some may make you laugh or cry.

13 Areas, 1 Exhibition:

Travel Agency (Welcome and an opportunity to learn more about the exhibition), Time Machine, To Be & To Cease To Be, Lounge Of Memories, Gallery Of Age, Laboratory Of Immortality, Death In Fairy Tales, Deathly Games, Cinema, Grandad Goes, Paradise Garden, Funeral Parlour, The Kingdom Of Osiris, Día De Muertos (Day Of The Dead in Mexico).

Information

for parents and teachers: 

Interview with Samira Schüller, state-approved diploma as a social education worker and grief counsellor at Trauernde Kinder Schleswig-Holstein e.V.: (in German)

"Talking about death with children? - Should we do that? Yes, because death belongs to a child's world of experience. Children will be confronted with death and sadness at some point, either when a pet dies, through stories in the media or a bereavement in their family."

Information

for parents and teachers:

Interview with Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Christoph Student, Doctor for Child and adolescent psychiatry, psychotherapy and palliative care -: 18 KB (in German)


"Many parents are of the view, that we should not confront children with the topic of death. Is that correct? C.S.: "By doing that parents naturally want to prevent their children from worrying, but the irony is that by keeping kids away from death, they're actually keeping them away from life itself. Therefore, we need to look into questions that bring up the topic of death.

Publication of this interview with the kind permission of the author.

Source: "rbb, Aktion Schulstunde" 
https://www.rbb-online.de/schulstunde/

Information

for parents and teachers: 

The author Gerlinde Unverzagt gives her report about the "Tell Me Something About Death" exhibition: pdf 31 KB (in German)

"The ticking of the great clock represents more than just the sound of the swinging pendulum for most people, which may partly be as a result of these timekeepers going out of fashion. However, just like the hourglasses used in days gone by, they also act as a "momento mori", reminding us that our time on Earth is limited."


Information

for parents and teachers:

Claudia Lorenz, Diploma in Education, Director of the Alice Museum For Children at the FEZ Berlin: Speaking to children about death: pdf 54 KB (in German)


"The subject of death often leaves us with nothing to say. It's a taboo topic which people don't like to mention. In our dynamic and achievement-orientated society, there just isn't any place for death, the ageing process or our own mortality. In hospitals, care homes and hospices, mentiong death is banned as if it were something contagious. Out of sight, out of mind.."

Press Reviews

Solace in memories - An interactive exhibition at the Neu-Ulmer Children's Museum sensitively demonstrates how closely death belongs to life.
sueddeutsche.de, 31st October 2011

The Tell Me Something About Death exhibition has become a real crowd puller and rightly so!
 The various rooms have been put together in a caring and thoughtful way and discuss the topic of death openly but sensitively. From an early age, children form a distinct need to understand what happens to people when they die.
Radio Bayern 2, Kulturleben, 17th November 2011

"And what happens afterwards?
A meaningful and necessary breaking of a taboo at the Zoom Children's Museum. (. . .) In the 12 separate areas, sadness isn't mentioned often with the exhibits concentrating more on having the courage to see death as an inherent part of life"
Kurier, Vienna, 12th March 2009

More press reviews


Information

Exhibition Brochure 
"Tell Me Something About Death": pdf 1,1 MB (in German)

Exhibition Flyer: pdf 2,6 MB (in German)