Virtual Museum of Protestantism

Virtual Museum of Protestantism
Logo of the Virtual Museum of Protestantism.
Type of site
Virtual museum
Available in French, English, German
Owner Fondation Bersier
Launched January 9, 2003
Current status Online

The Virtual Museum of Protestantism, created in 2003 by the Fondation pasteur Eugène Bersier, recounts the history of Protestantism in France from the 16th century to the present.[1]


In March 1994, The Fédération protestante de France authorized the Fondation pasteur Eugène Bersier to find a new location for its offices in Paris, France. After evolving toward a memorial site and a museum of the Bible and of Protestantism, the project was abandoned.

In 2000, unable to participate in the creation of an actual museum on the history of Protestantism, the Foundation decided, with the Historical Society of French Protestantism,[2] to set up a museum on the Internet: the Virtual Museum of French Protestantism, which seeks to share the specific characteristics of Protestants through the history of Protestantism.

The museum site, which can be visited free of charge, opened in January 2003. It quickly attracted a wide audience, which increased with the offering of English and German versions of the site, thanks to the support of the Île-de-France region and the Ministry of Culture.[citation needed]

In 2014, the design and navigation of the site were completely revamped while preserving the existing content.[3]


The Virtual Museum of Protestantism offers over a thousand articles, classified into four headings, illustrated by 3,000 images.[citation needed] The articles are augmented with video clips, documents and bibliographic references and are accessible in French, English and German. The articles can also be organized into tours that group these articles by theme in a relevant order, similar to guided tours. On the home page, a time line illustrates the major dates of the history of Protestantism.

The four main headings of the museum are the following:

  1. History,
  2. Key figures,
  3. Themes,
  4. Art – Heritage.

A few exhibits that have been presented by Protestant museums are also offered with specific articles.

Since May 4, 2015, the Museum has offered an online tour for the class on the Protestant Reformation specially designed for French fifth form junior high school students[4] with adapted educational articles containing numerous audio components, images, video clips and documents designed for teachers and a learning assessment questionnaire.

See also


  1. ^ Sambre, Mathilde (16 March 2011). "Musée virtuel du protestantisme français: Site de la semaine" (in French). France: Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Historical Society of French Protestantism". France.
  3. ^ "Un nouveau design pour le site du Musée virtuel du Protestantisme" (in French). 27 May 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2015. External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Un parcours sur la Réforme pour les Collégiens de 5e" (in French). France: Association des Professeurs d’Histoire et de Géographie. 7 May 2015. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015. External link in |publisher= (help)

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