Basel – Culture Unlimited.

Museums

Nearly 40 museums with spectacular collections and special exhibitions – unique in Switzerland and at the top of the international league too. If you want to understand why Basel’s residents are so keen on art, you should visit at least one of them.

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36 Attractions

Fondation Beyeler

By building Renzo Piano’s museum in 1997, the Fondation Beyeler made its collection accessible to the public.

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Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

The Basel Museum of Ancient Art is the only Swiss museum devoted exclusively to the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean region.

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Augusta Raurica, Augst

Off to visit the Roman period! The largest archaeological park in Switzerland offers more than thirty surprising, unique and exciting sights including the most impressive Roman theatre north of the Alps, the atmospheric Roman house and on display in the museum the largest collection of late antique silver.

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Basler Papiermühle

Within the walls of a fascinating medieval mill, in an authentic setting, the visitor will learn about many things, from hand-made paper to finished books.

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Cartoonmuseum Basel

The Cartoonmuseum Basel is the only museum of its kind devoted exclusively to satirical art – from the caricature to the comic.

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Dreiländermuseum

The permanent exhibition is the first comprehensive depiction of the eventful history of the border region where Germany, Switzerland and France meet. Interactive terminals make this trinational show a unique experience.

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HMB - Museum für Geschichte / Barfüsserkirche

The Historisches Museum Basel (HMB) is housed in four separate buildings and ranks among the most important museums of cultural history on the Upper Rhine.

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HMB - Museum für Musik / Im Lohnhof

Switzerland’s largest collection of musical instruments is on display in the historic Lohnhof building.

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HMB - Museum für Pferdestärken / Merian Gärten

Already in the 19th century, the Basel Historical Museum had been gifted with a number of sleighs from the 17th and 18th century. After 1930, coaches were increasingly added to the collection. Since 1981, when the former Carriage Museum opened in the Merian Gardens, the collection has grown continuously.

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HMB - Museum für Wohnkultur

The magnificent Kirschgarten House – built between 1775 and 1780 as the home and office of a Basel silk ribbon manufacturer – is one of Switzerland’s principal museums of domestic life.

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Jüdisches Museum der Schweiz

The Jewish Museum of Switzerland shows one of the best collections of Judaica in central Europe.

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Klingental exhibition space

The Klingental exhibition space introduces the public to art created here and now in the Basel region.

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Kunst Raum Riehen

Kunst Raum Riehen, next door to the Fondation Beyeler, shows temporary exhibitions of all genres of contemporary art.

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Kunsthalle Basel

Kunsthalle Basel is dedicated to exhibiting, discussing, and reflecting on the art of the present, and it has been so ever since its founding in 1872.

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Kunsthaus Baselland

Kunsthaus Baselland is the Basel region's leading exhibition venue for contemporary art.

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Kunstmuseum Basel | main building

The main building of Kunstmuseum Basel, dating from 1936, was designed by Basel-based architect Rudolf Christ together with master builder Paul Bonatz from Stuttgart, both advocates of conservative modernism.

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Kupferstichkabinett und Bibliothek (Kunstmuseum)

With 60,000 drawings and watercolours, 250,000 prints and engravings, the Kupferstichkabinett of the Kunstmuseum Basel is not only the biggest in Switzerland, but also houses one of the world's most important collections of its kind.

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Museum Kleines Klingental

This museum is housed in the historical rooms of the former Klingental Dominican convent and features original medieval sculptures from Basel Cathedral, a 17th-century model of the city and the history of the convent itself.

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Museum Tinguely

Situated directly on the Rhine, the Museum Tinguely, built after plans by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta, houses the greatest collection of works by Jean Tinguely (1925–1991), one of the most innovative and important Swiss artists of the 20th century.

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Museum der Kulturen Basel

The Museum der Kulturen Basel ranks among the leading ethnographic museums in Europe. The impressive collections (320,000 objects) including artefacts of world renown reflect the vast and varied scope of human ways of life.

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Museum für Musikautomaten

A world-famous collection of music and movement. A delightful hour-long guided tour wins visitors over to the universe of mechanical music.

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Museum.BL

The Museum.BL is an open and lively thematic museum for all children and grown-ups. It invites its visitors, especially families, to explore issues relating to the environment, the past and present-day life.

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Mühlemuseum

The mill from the 16th century is situated at the heart of the Merian Gardens. Even though flour is no longer produced here, the water-powered wheel is still in use.

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Naturhistorisches Museum Basel

Discover the archives of life. Lose yourself in the variety of our exhibitions. Learn exciting facts about exotic animals. Go back to the past, to the age of dinosaurs, even to the formation of the Earth.

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Pantheon - Museum für Oldtimer

The Pantheon is both an attractive event venue and a classic car workshop, as well as a classic car museum. During your visit, you will learn all about the history of the motor car.

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Pharmazie-Historisches Museum der Universität Basel

The Pharmazie-Historische Museum of the University of Basel currently contains one of the largest and most significant collections relating to the history of pharmacy.

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S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum

S AM – the Swiss Architecture Museum – seeks to enlarge our perception of architecture and urbanism.

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Sammlung Friedhof Hörnli

This unique collection of items from funerary culture shows that everyone is not the same, even in death.

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Schaulager

Neither traditional museum nor warehouse, Schaulager creates a new type of art institution. It is the storage facility for the collection of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation.

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Schweizerisches Feuerwehrmuseum Basel

Fire-fighting equipment, ranging from medieval hand-operated spraying devices to modern oxygen inhalers.

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Skulpturhalle Basel

This is one of the largest collections of plaster casts of ancient sculptures.

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Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel

With over 6000 teddy bears, dolls, toy grocers’ shops, doll houses and carousels, the Toy Worlds Museum Basel is unparalleled in Europe. The collection of over 2500 teddies is the world’s largest of its kind.

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Spielzeugmuseum, Dorf- und Rebbaumuseum Riehen

The three departments of the Museum of Riehen are housed in the 17th-century Wettsteinhaus. The historic building provides an idyllic setting for one of the leading collections of European toys of every kind.

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Sportmuseum Schweiz

This museum conserves the cultural heritage of Swiss sports.

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Verkehrsdrehscheibe Schweiz und unser Weg zum Meer

A shipping museum and an exhibition on current means of transport, all rolled into one: water, rail, road and air, with the focus on shipping.

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Vitra Design Museum

The Vitra Design Museum numbers among the world’s most prominent museums of design.

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