“The Kid” Exhibition at Chaplin’s World in Vevey
Mar 18 - Sep 25
The Kid: Charlie Chaplin's first blockbuster was released 100 years ago, and Chaplin's World in Vevey is now dedicating an entire exhibit to it.
The silent film is regarded as one of Chaplin's best works. From scriptwriting to directing and acting, Chaplin’s first feature-length film is still a classic today. The many events surrounding the 100th anniversary are reason enough to return to Vevey this spring.
In order to mark this special anniversary, the museum has created a special exhibition dedicated to The Kid. With children in mind, the exhibit allows visitors to step into the streets of London during the late 19th century. In addition, never-before-seen archival footage reveals Chaplin's own upbringing.
The Kid. The Exhibition. will be on display through Sept 25, 2022.
A circus show dedicated to The Kid
From April 15 through May 1, the L'Alchimie Circus School is going to put up their tent right on the premises of Chaplin's World. Their 40-minute program is included in the museum admission ticket.
Going with the theme, their show will be entirely dedicated to The Kid: with a live youth orchestra in the backdrop, the circus performers will be reenacting key scenes from the movie. Think chases, acrobatic interludes, and funny clown interludes in the style of the 1920s. Afterwards in the park, try out whether you have what it takes to join the circus...
Daily circus show times are 11 AM, 2 PM, and 4 PM. No shows on Tuesdays.
Chaplin’s World special events on April 16
Those who visited Chaplin’s World on Saturday, April 16, were in for some treats. On Charlie Chaplin’s 133rd birthday, the museum’s theater held a special screening of The Kid. The filmmaker’s own son, Eugene Chaplin, attended the screening and shared a firsthand account of his family’s life in Vevey.
Here's a key scene from The Kid where the Tramp finds a baby:
Weather permitting, another special on April 29 will be hot air balloon rides. Taking to the skies from the park in front of the mansion, this will be a unique opportunity to soak in the spectacular views of Lake Geneva and the French Alps from high above. (10 francs per person.)
Modern Times Hotel
During our recent visit, we checked into the four-star Modern Times Hotel. Just a brief drive from Chaplin's World and a two-minute walk from a local train station, this hotel is ideally located for museum-goers.
The interior of the hotel brings the Charlie Chaplin universe to life. There are gimmicks in the lobby, as well as a restaurant displaying various memorabilia. We particularly liked the breakfast buffet included in the room rate, as well as the views of Lake Geneva in the distance.