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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.

Museum Kleines Klingental

Basel Zentrum

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 für Musikautomaten

Basel Region

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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Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart

Basel Zentrum

Kunstmuseum Basel | Contemporary is a joint undertaking by the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, the Christoph Merian Foundation and the Canton of Basel-Stadt.

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Museum der Kulturen Basel

Basel Zentrum

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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Mühlemuseum

Basel Region

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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Kupferstichkabinett und Bibliothek (Kunstmuseum)

Basel Zentrum

60,000 drawings and watercolours as well as 250,000 prints and engravings, are part of the collection of the Kupferstichkabinett of the Kunstmuseum Basel.

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Kunstmuseum Basel | Hauptbau

Basel Zentrum

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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Kunsthalle Basel

Basel Zentrum

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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Jüdisches Museum der Schweiz

Basel Zentrum

Since it was founded in 1966, Basel's Jewish Museum has assembled a cultural-historical collection unique in Europe. In 2016 it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a display of noteworthy artifacts, such as textiles, ceremonial objects, everyday items, and a Torah arc from the former Jewish prayer room in Solothurn (1893).
For the first time, a chronological exhibition presents the history of Switzerland from a Jewish perspective. For the past two millennia, Jews have been courted and oppressed, integrated and persecuted. And today? What is taking place in contemporary Swiss-Jewish culture?

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Historisches Museum Basel – Haus zum Kirschgarten

Basel Zentrum

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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HMB - Museum für Pferdestärken / Merian Gärten

Basel Zentrum

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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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Basel Zentrum

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

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Historisches Museum Basel - Barfüsserkirche

Basel Zentrum

The historical museum Basel is housed in three separate buildings and ranks among the most important museums of cultural history on the Upper Rhine.

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Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel, Münchenstein

Basel Region

The House of Electronic Arts (HeK) is the national competence centre that deals with art forms that address and reflect upon new media and technologies.

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Fondation Beyeler

Basel Zentrum

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

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