School classes

Patumbah: A villa with a colonial past

Workshop for the special exhibition “Patumbah is a place in Sumatra”
Where did Carl F. Grob get the money to build the grandiose Villa Patumbah? After a short tour of the villa, we will explore the history leading up to the building, which will take us to the former colony of “Dutch India”. Using pictures, texts and videos, the students will immerse themselves in the plantation economy in Sumatra and learn how Swiss emigrants profited from the colonial structures of that era. The history of colonialism in foreign lands can thus be tangibly experienced through a building in Zurich. The workshop will also take a look at the challenges faced by Sumatra today.

Duration: 90 minutes
Costs: CHF 120. Plus reduced admission of CHF 2 per student.
The costs for school classes in the City of Zurich are covered by the city’s “Schulkultur” programme (Office of School Culture).
Free of charge for vocational and technical schools in Canton Zurich.

This offer is being realised as part of the pilot project “Sek II – Willkommen im Museum” (Secondary Level II – Welcome to the Museum) in Canton Zurich (2018–2021) in cooperation with the Canton Zurich Department of Education.