After more than 15 years of planning, Chaplin’s World has finally been opened a day after what would have been the British screen legend’s 127th birthday. Horyou had a chance to visit the museum before the official opening.
Below you can read our report on this unique and worthwhile experience.
The interactive museum showcasing the life and works of Charlie Chaplin is situated in his former home in Switzerland’s Corsier-sur-Vevey village and it consists of two separate venues that picture Chaplin both as an artist and a man.
We started our visit in a newly built mock-up of a Hollywood studio dedicated to Chaplin’s on-screen work, which began in 1914. After watching a short compilation of the most iconic Chaplin movies, we took a walk through re-creations of the legendary film sets. Precisely designed scenography made us feel like movie crewmembers. Apart from admiring the vintage camera equipment and funny props, we were given the chance to take pictures with wax figures of Chaplin’s collaborators such as Sophia Loren or friends like Albert Einstein created by the Grevin wax museum in Paris.
In the Manoir de Ban, the second part of the museum, we got an insight into Chaplin’s private life. The artist lived in the estate with his wife Oona and their eight children after he was barred from the United States during the McCarthy era. He spent there his last 25 years, which he considered to be the happiest of his life.
Part of the display are unique albums and movies donated by the Chaplin family. This impressive collection shows the cinema legend in his everyday life and reveals Chaplin as a loving husband and father.
We finished our visit with a walk through the Manoir’s park enjoying the view on the Geneva Lake surrounded by the Alps.
CHAPLIN’S WORLD was inspired by the humanistic values and pioneering genius that made Charlie Chaplin an international icon. The project was initiated by architect Philippe Meylan and cultural entrepreneur Yves Durand who aims to deliver an interactive and entertaining experience to visitors.
Written by Joanna Kozik