The museum John Frederick Oberlin is dedicated to the life and work of Alsatian pastor John Frederick Oberlin. Located where he ministered for 59 years, this institution - one of the most famous museums in France Protestants, revealed through the expansion of its collections and original museum, the thirst for knowledge and the diverse interests of a strong personality of the Enlightenment, both preacher visionary pioneer and advocate the teaching of social progress.
Greatly facilitated by the methodical and rigorous mind of Pastor Oberlin, the design of the museum has been gradually inside the rectory built for him in 1787. Collectors in the soul, Oberlin already loved to share his treasures her children or her guests, as guests of passage. Number of rooms were classified, labeled, dated carefully. His approach does not fail to evoke the curiosity cabinets ancestors museums and museums. In his case, however, it was less to accumulate "bells and whistles" that to know the scope of isolated populations, stimulate observation and reflection of disadvantaged children, without losing sight of their development spiritual. It was also for him to make a systematic inventory of the whole work of creation.