After fifteen years of planning, Chaplin’s World, an interactive museum showcasing the life and works of screen legend Charlie Chaplin, has opened its doors in the Swiss village of Corsier-sur-Vevey on Lake Geneva.
The museum includes a Hollywood-style studio, a tour detailing Chaplin’s life and work, and a mock ‘Easy Street’ – the setting for one of his classic movies.
There are also several wax figures at the exhibition, including Charlie, his wife Oona, friends and people who mattered to him and artists who were inspired by his work.
This is a dynamic museum, it is not static. It is like the character to whom it pays tribute, it is in movement and this is beautiful
“This is a dynamic museum, it is not static. It is like the character to whom it pays tribute, it is in movement and this is beautiful. Well, this is my opinion, now you have to visit it,” said Michael Chaplin, Charlie’s son.
Chaplin’s World is set in the vast grounds of the Manoir de Ban built in 1840 above Vevey, where Chaplin spent the last 25 years of his life.
He died there at the age of 88 in 1977.
The refurbished former family home where he lived with his wife Oona and their eight children, is just half of the museum focusing on the comic legend’s private life.
Visitors can walk throughout the huge mansion entering his former living room, dining room and library, where Chaplin wrote his autobiography and prepared his scripts.
The opening of Chaplin’s World coincides with what would have been the comic legend’s 127th birthday.
Organisers hope to pull in 300,000 annual visitors.