Freddie Bartholdi and his big, big statues
Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi is a super hero of Colmar city. Born in 1834 in this small historic French town, Freddie loved to get his hands on making big monumental statues. He was particularly good at making figures that were strong, bold, powerful, yet elegant.
Freddie didn’t have a great start to life. He was the youngest of four Bartholdi kids, but only him and his older brother Jean-Charles survived babyhood. When he finally reached age 2, his father also died. Oh no!His mom, Jean-Charlie and Freddie moved to Paris to live with his relatives.
When he turned 21, he travelled with some mates to Yemen and Egypt where he saw big things. From then on, all he wanted to do was make big things himself.
The Bartholdi Museum is built in what used to be the Bartholdi’s family house. The museum is not super grand, but full of beautiful Bartholdi’s statue maquettes. Here, there are a bunch of them in all different sizes and slightly different details. It’s amazing to see that he had one bold idea, but the amount of work he’s put in to refine it and make the Statue of Liberty as iconic as she is to the world. Good design doesn’t come easy!
Our favorite was the 1:1 ear replica of the Liberty Enlightening the World,
the official name of the better known Statue of Liberty.
Bartholdi Museum is called Musée Bartholdi in French. Fancy. It’s worth a visit, just to feel the power of the amazing sculptor. Just check ahead of time as it’s not always open and opening hours are a bit limited.
30 rue des Marchands – 68000 COLMAR
Open everyday except Tuesday between 10-12 noon then again between 2-6pm from 1 March to 31 December (except 1 May, 1 November and 25 December)
- Adult: 5,50€
- Senior (65+) : 3,50 €
- Teachers: 3,50 €
- Free for under 18 and for students and the disabled with ID cards