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The Family of Man
Since 1994, the largest photographic exhibition of all time, ‘The Family of Man’, has been housed in the perfectly restored medieval castle of Clervaux, itself a testament to the city’s historical past.This unique exhibit explores many facets of humanity, from love and birth, faith in humanity, work and family to the always dramatic war and peace.
UNESCO World heritage site
In October 2003, the exhibition was registered as a UNESCO world heritage site. The agreement of the people. This impressive photographic exhibition was curated in 1955 by Luxembourg native, Edward Steichen, for the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). After its huge success in New York, the photographs were on a world tour for many years. In 1966 the last version of this travelling exhibit was shown in the Grand Duchy by virtue of its benefactors in the United States.
The collection consists of 503 photos by 273 artists from 68 countries, and was put together by Steichen for the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMa). It first celebrated its opening in 1955. The collection contains pictures of famous photographers such as Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Robert Doisneau, August Sander and Ansel Adam. It was devised as a portrait of human life, from love and joy, to war, illness or deprivation.
In 2010 it was decided that the collection should undergo a thorough restoration. At the same time the exhibition space at the castle underwent renovation work. Since the 6th July 2013, the Family of Man exhibition is opened for visitors.
OPEN FROM MARCH 1st TO JANUARY 1st
Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 - 18:00
Guided tours possible outside of the opening hours on request
(Wednesday to Sunday)
Closed on Monday and Tuesday, except public holidays
(Annual closure from 2 January to 28/29 February)
Open on 31 Decmeber 2018 until 4p.m
Normal rate: €6
Reduced rate: €4
Free up to 21 years of age
Entrance fee includes use of a multimedia guide (iPad mini).
The use of the iPad mini provides visitors with an audio guide, which also features interviews and further information on the collection, its history and layout, as well as video documents. The iPad guide is available in French, German and English.
Free guided tour every Sunday at 16:00.
on request in Luxembourgish, French, German, English or Dutch.
Fee: 60€ (1h); 90€ (1,5h)
To make a reservation, please see the contact information below.
The Family of Man
Château de Clervaux
Tél.: +352 92 96 57
Fax: +352 92 96 58
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org