Museums in Basel

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. 

40 museums in an area of 37 km2

Would you prefer to visit the oldest public art collection in the world at the Kunstmuseum Basel or one of the regularly changing special exhibitions organized by the Fondation Beyeler? In Basel, you do not have to choose one museum over another. The distances between the 40 or so museums in an area of 37 km2 are so short that you can reach them all easily.

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  • The Fondation Beyeler is the most visited art museum in Switzerland. Likewise, the Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum Tinguely and the Vitra Design Museum also draw crowds. 

  • The Kunstmuseum Basel comprises three buildings with a total exhibition space of 10,000 m2. The main building is dedicated to the old masters and works of the 18th and 19th centuries, while the new building focuses on classical modernism. What is special about it is that both buildings are connected to each other underground. The third building is the Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart, which used to be known as the Museum für Gegenwartskunst.

    • Museum Tinguely
    • Naturhistorisches Museum Basel
    • Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel
    • Museum der Kulturen
    • Basler Papiermühle
  • The highlights of permanent exhibitions include the largest collection of teddy bears in the world, one of the most significant ethnographic collections in Europe, the most comprehensive collection of cultural history on the Upper Rhine, as well as a mammoth and a sabre-toothed tiger.

  • You can save money if you stay overnight in Basel. If you have the BaselCard, admission to museums costs only half the regular price. 

    Admission to most Basel museums is free for children and young people under 16 years of age. Adults can visit many museums in the evening on weekdays and on the first Sunday of the month free of charge.

  • Once a year, Basel’s museums open their doors at an unusual time and offer you an opportunity to explore their collections at night. A broad mix of art and culture interacting with literature, music, film and theatre awaits you in almost 40 museums and cultural institutions in the Basel region, promising a fun-filled night full of discoveries and new experiences. The museums are open from 6.00 pm to 2.00 am. 

    You will find more information on the Basel Museums Night here.

  • The following museums have wheelchair access:

    • Anatomisches Museum der Universität Basel
    • Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig
    • Basler Papiermühle
    • Dreiländermuseum
    • Fondation Beyeler
    • Historisches Museum Basel – Barfüsserkirche
    • Jüdisches Museum der Schweiz
    • Kunsthaus Baselland
    • Kunstmuseum Basel (alle drei Häuser)
    • Naturhistorisches Museum Basel
    • Mühlemuseum
    • Museum für Musikautomaten
    • Museum Kleines Klingental
    • Museum Tinguely
    • S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum
    • Sammlung Friedhof Hörnli
    • Skulpturhalle Basel
    • Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel
    • Vitra Design Museum

    The following museums have partial wheelchair access:

    • Cartoonmuseum Basel
    • Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum
    • Kunsthalle Basel
    • Museum der Kulturen Basel

    This is where people with disabilities can find information on the accessibility of hotels, museums and events, so that they can plan their visit to Basel in advance.