The Museum is reopening from the 26th May 2020
Thanks to the implementation of sanitary measures ensuring your safety as well as our team’s, we are now able to offer you a comfortable quality experience in our museum.
You will be able to visit the museum’s permanent exhibition as well as the temporary exhibition “Religious Magic and Sorcerer’s Powers” from Tuesday to Sunday from 2pm to 6pm, by reservation, with family or friends, in groups of 1 to 10 people.
Audioguides for permanent exhibition available in English, French and German. The temporary exhibition is available in French and German.
Some instructions during your visit:
– Online-reservation of your visiting slot recommended, in order to avoid waiting outside of the museum (Reservation contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or +33 3 88 36 15 03). Visiting slots every 10 minutes, for groups of 1 to 10 people. Onsite payment at usual rates (€14 normal, €11 reduced, €8 children, €6 temporary exhibition).
– Mandatory mask in the museum.
– Respect of sanitary measures: hand disinfection with hand sanitizer upon entry, social distancing of at least 1m50 (5 ft.) between each visitor, mandatory visiting direction to avoid passing other visitors.
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The museum relies on you!
Like many of our partners on the cultural stage, the covid crisis is putting the museum under a lot of strain. As the only private museum in the city of Strasbourg, the non-profit association has been trying to live off its entrance sales since 2014. With a closure of more than two months, and a slow resumption of attendance until December 2020, the association is expecting a loss of 70% of its ticket revenue, and 80% of its total revenue. The association therefore hopes to fill up with curious people in compliance with health regulations!
Hello, and welcome to the Château Vodou
Every exhibit has been used as part of religious practices: ancestor worship, medicine, divination, witchcraft and other major life events.
This museum hosts a collection that is unique. It belongs to Marie Luce and Marc Arbogast
Marc and Marie Luce have assembled a collection of more than 1000 vodou objects, 220 of which make up the permanent exhibition “Vodou: the art of seeing differently”.
This is a private museum, run by a non-profit association without government subsidies.
- Adults: 14 €
- Groups and concessions*: 11 € *
- Children (6-10 years old) and Friends of the Museum: 8 €
* Under -25s., unemployed persons, large families
AUDIOGUIDES are provided (available in French, German and English), so you are free to visit the museum at your own pace. You can pause and resume the commentary at any time. You can also skip certain passages if you like.
Take all the time you like to admire the details of the artefacts on display, and to discover the mysteries of Vodou culture.
The visit takes about 1 hour.
Additional information about Château Vodou
If you enjoyed your visit, you can become a Friend of the Museum (membership: 60€, joint membership for couples: 100€)
You can visit our Facebook page and subscribe to our newsletter.
You can also support us by making a donation to our association.
Feel free to contact us if you have any queries.
Terms and conditions for group visits
For a more enjoyable visit, and to ensure groups are spread out throughout the day, advance booking is required.
Groups must include a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 20. If your group has over 20 people, the beginning of the visits can be staggered. While they wait, the other half of the group may watch a documentary or study books on Vodou.
Groups may visit the Museum at any time, even outside the times when the Museum is open to the public (Wednesday-Sunday 2 – 6 p.m).
For individual visits during normal opening times, advance booking is not required.
Our guides will take you around Château Vodou. We have guides who speak French, English and German.
A guided tour takes about 1 hour
A vodou garden
Kò sí ewé kò sí orìs_à « Without leaves, no orixás (gods) », Vodou country proverb.
The Vodou world is closely linked with the world of plants: a lot of different types of plants are used in Vodou rituals. The Bokono (priest) uses them to heal and relieve those who come to him for help, but he also uses them to make fetishes.
Here at Château Vodou you can discover several of these plants and their medicinal uses.
Some of these plants and seeds were hard to find, but many of them are now housed in the Vodou garden greenhouse. You can explore most of the plants used in traditional Vodou remedies, but also in the making of fetishes like those on display inside the Château Vodou Museum. We are still actively looking for the missing specimens, and hope to add them to our collection very soon.