God(s), a User’s Guide is an exhibition of the Museum of Europe. Designed by an international committee of scholars (ethnologists, historians, philosophers), this exhibition has the backing of a decidedly contemporary museography that is suitable for all audiences. In Brussels, the exhibition attracted 85,000 visitors in six months from such varied publics as schools, cultural and religious associations and families. its theme, God(s), a User’s Guide affords an opportunity to develop many activities and events (workshops, conferences, meetings, etc….
God(s), a User’s Guide is an exhibition about religions and their current impact on Civilization that deals not with theology or history, but with contemporary religious practice: God(s), a User’s Guide invites visitors to discover the religious experience, both in its universal (questionings) and particular dimensions (its multiple practices).
God(s), a User’s Guide is an exhibition that broach- es religion from the perspective of secularism, and presents the religious phenomenon without sin- gling out one religion rather than another. Whether believers, agnostics or atheists, Europeans are used to living in a largely secular society. This is not nec- essarily the case elsewhere. Believers know their own religion, but very little about other religions; non-believers have difficulties grasping the religious reality. Many tend to see in the resurgence of reli- gion only its most revolting aspects. It is therefore a matter of urgency to understand this phenomenon, and to provide some useful insights.
Everything that modern museography has to offer has been brought together so that visitors can enjoy a unique moment.
• First, the visitors, the public undertake a real interactive and sensory voyage, where prestige pieces and humble everyday objects, photos, videos, music, and art installations hold court (duration of the visit: 45-60 minutes).
• The public then become spectators, and attend a theatre play (25 minutes).
The narrative of the exhibition is supported by :
•The choice of a media depending on the topic to facilitate understanding.
•The polyphony of different media that turns the visit into a unique experience.