German Epilepsy Museum, Kork
Oberdorfstrasse 8, D-77694 Kehl-Kork, Germany
open Sundays 2.00-5.00 p.m. or by arrangement - free entrance
postal address: Hornisgrindestrasse 70, D-77652 Offenburg, Germany
Tel. & Fax: +49-1212-510.955.935 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is epilepsy?
Types of epilepsies
Causes of epilepsy
The History of Epileptology
The Disease with 1000 Names
Institutions for people with epilepsy
People with epilepsy in the Third Reich
... in the Ancient World
... in the Ancient World
... from the Renaissance to the Present
Epilepsy Motifs in literature
About the museum (1/4)
In September 1998 the first German epilepsy museum was opened, and is - as far as we know - the first one world-wide.
The opening took place on the occasion of the 5th colloquium "Epilepsy in Narrative Fiction" in Kehl-Kork.
In the meantime the museum, which was initially accommodated in temporary premises, has found its permanent place in six new rooms in the Kork Craft Museum.
How to find the German Epilepsy Museum...
Why an Epilepsy Museum?
The idea to found the Kork museum was founded on both historical and contemporary questions and aims.
About the museum (2/4)
The historical questions were based on:
Curiosity: How did people react to epilepsy and the people who suffered from it in the past?
Gaining more knowledge: Can we learn from the knowledge and experience of past ages?
Social history: Can we draw conclusions about the intellectual, social, societal, religious, and cultural trends throughout the centuries and about the level of scientific knowledge people had by looking at the way in which people in different centuries reacted to the disease epilepsy and those who suffered from it?
About the museum (3/4)
With regard to the present, the museum had two main objectives:
To inform the public: information on epilepsy, reducing prejudices, information on the latest types of diagnosis and treatment.
To be scientifically and academically accurate: It was important that the presentation of the exhibits had a scientific basis so that they could be used as a source for academic studies. A library (comprising over 130 books) with works on epileptology, dissertations and scientific articles from the 17th to the 20th century give the reader access not only to modern literature on epilepsy but also to older and rarer works on the subject.
About the museum (4/4)
A museum should have a life of its own and not merely reflect the past; it should form a link to the present and be open for future change.
In this respect a museum should never be something permanent, finite, but it should always be "on the move", developing further.
This is also true of the Epilepsy Museum in Kork. We hope that it will continue to develop and change in the coming years.
...by car: Travelling on the A5, exit at Appenweier.
=» Take the B28 towards Kehl/Strasbourg (dual carriageway)
=» Take the exit sign posted Neumühl/Kork. Turn right towards Kork.
=» After passing the place name sign, take the first road on the left.
=» Follow the signs for the "Gemeindehalle" (village hall).
...by train: Kork Station (on the line Offenburg/ Appenweier-Kehl)
...by bus: from Kehl or Offenburg, get out at the stop "Kork-Schwanen"