CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS THROUGH THE AGES

Advent at the Haus zum Kirschgarten

26.11.–30.12.2016

The Haus zum Kirschgarten is once again gearing up for the festive season: From the first Sunday in Advent, Basel’s grandest mansion will be full of sparkling Christmas trees. 

The Haus zum Kirschgarten is once again gearing up for the festive season: From the first Sunday in Advent, Basel’s grandest mansion will be full of sparkling Christmas trees. The ten fir trees displayed in the historical interiors of the Museum of Domestic Culture will each be decorated in a different style. Distributed between the ground floor and the toy department in the attic, they will tell the story of Christmas tree decorations from their modest beginnings in the early 19th century to the present, from simple ornaments such as apples and nuts to costly baubles made of glass, paper and metal. On entering the building, visitors will be greeted by a paper star installation by Margarete Polus Dangerfield.

As always, only real trees will be used, but as Advent is exceptionally long this year, the show will close on 30 December 2016.

OPENING TIMES

Haus zum Kirschgarten
Elisabethenstrasse 27/29
4051 Basel

T +41 (0)61 205 86 00
Tue–Fri, Sun 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat 2–5 p.m.

ADMISSION

CHF 10.– 
CHF 5.– (reduced rate)
Children under the age of 13 are free of charge.

 

GUIDED TOUR: HISTORICAL & MODERN CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS

Sunday, 11th of December 2016, 11 a.m.

Get into the holiday spirit at our Museum of Domestic Culture: Chrismas trees cut in the woods near Basel transmit a feeling of Christmas to the period rooms of the 18th and 19th century. The trees are decorated with historical ornaments that formerly belonged to Basel families, sometimes for generations. These beautifully decorated Christmas trees document different times and styles: Don’t miss the small tree decorated in Biedermeier style with edible ornaments or the „White Tree“ of the Art Nouveau. You will also discover trees which show high quality modern decorations - for example the delicately blown glass objects made by a local artist.