The Alimentarium invites visitors to explore all aspects of food and nutrition through its fully redesigned museum, state-of-the-art exhibition areas, workshops run by professional chefs and educational activities for children and teenagers. Established in 1985 to explore the vast field of human nutrition across the world and through the ages, the Museum has constantly renewed itself ever since to remain a pioneer of communicating content. Today, it is offering its activities and expertise both on its actual premises and via an online web portal – the Alimentarium to take away!
The Museum is undergoing its second major overhaul since 1985. What has prompted such transformation?
“Museums have to keep developing otherwise visitors lose interest. Permanent exhibitions should be re-formulated after a maximum of 10 years. The timing was right for the Alimentarium when the decision was made to transform the Museum from a local Vevey establishment into the Alimentarium, accessible over the web 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We do not have the space to physically expand in Vevey, but we can erase borders virtually, via the internet. The idea is that, wherever you go and wherever you are, the Alimentarium is there with you. So the information we offer is accessible and captivating for people all over the world.”
Could you highlight the key features of the Alimentarium’s new permanent exhibition?
“The new permanent exhibition Food - The essence of life places the individual centre stage and thereby provides visitors with direct, personal access to the topic. No subject is as dear to humans as food – it affects every living creature in virtually every area of life, whether cultural, physiological, social, ecotrophological, financial or medical. The permanent exhibition answers key questions such as “What do I eat?”, “How do I eat?” and “Why do I eat?”. This automatically leads onto the question of food, society and bodily functions and their interdependence with nutrition.”