The mobile exhibition «Humboldt, the Explorer» is continuing its journey. Its next stop will be in Yverdon-les-Bains in the canton of Vaud. From 7 to 21 February 2024, it will be open to the public for a two-week interactive experience on the premises of the Yverdon-les-Bains public library. In addition to the exhibits such as the sextant, telescope and various encyclopedias with illustrations of Humboldt’s sketches, the library will also be displaying a number of ancient manuscripts, French publications and books by the universal explorer – including Humboldt’s great life’s work, the “Cosmos”. Humboldt summarized all his discoveries and adventures in this five-volume work. The volumes were published between 1845 and 1862 and were extremely successful: 80,000 copies of the original edition alone were sold. The “Cosmos” was written in Paris, where he lived after his great expeditions. Paris was considered the capital of science at the time, so it was no surprise that Alexander von Humboldt felt very much at home in the French capital and published numerous essays and papers in French during his time there.
As a prelude to the exhibition, a vernissage will be held on Tuesday evening, 6 February, from 17:00 to 19:00, with a guided tour for visitors followed by an apéritif. Further information on the exhibition can be found at: https://weltvernetzer.ch