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Digital Tablet-Tours

Discover Basels rich history! Our 30-minute electronic tours can be experienced anytime during the opening hours of our museums. The devices can be obtained at the front desk. The tours are included in the admission fee.

MUSEUM OF HISTORY

1. CITY HISTORY OF BASEL

The Museum of History tells the story of Basel through the many different objects exhibited in the Barfüsserkirche. The Franciscan church is more than just a showcase, however; it is itself part of history and as such the museum’s largest single exhibit. This tour takes you to a selection of eight objects of special relevance to the history of Basel, in two of which you will discover your current location, the Basel Historical Museum.

2. SAINT, MISTRESS, AND FACTORY WORKER – WOMEN IN BASEL THROUGH THE AGES

This tour singles out a few female figures from the past, and by shedding light on their very different biographies shows how the image of women has changed as society’s needs have changed. Some of them were very influential and shaped public life in Basel with lasting effect. 

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GUIDED TOURS

PUBLIC GUIDED TOURS

In all of our museums we offer regularly public guided tours. All guided tours cost CHF 5.- as well as the admission to the museum. 

For upcoming guided tours please visit our Opens internal link in current windowprogram.

GUIDED TOURS ON REQUEST

We would be happy to give you and your group a guided tour of our museums. We offer both general tours and tours of any special exhibitions that are showing. The tours last 45–60 minutes and will be adapted to your needs as far as possible.

GUIDED TOURS FOR PRIVATE GROUPS WITH CHILDREN OR CHILDREN ONLY

If there are children in your group, please ask us for a tour adapted to their needs. We also have tours for children only.

Registration

Group Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. For information on Tour subjects, prices and how to book, please visit our websites:

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WELCOME TOURS FOR NEWCOMERS TO BASEL AT THE BARFÜSSERKIRCHE

The Barfüsserkirche collections of the first order attesting to both local and European history. The works of art and artefacts housed there recall many of the most important events in the history of Basel from the Middle Ages to the present. For those new to Basel, the tour provides an intriguing insight into the past. The focus is on recurrent themes of Basel’s civic history, typical emblems and symbols, and other highlights of the collection. Individuals, families, groups or companies can book these tours either in German or in English.

    Costs
    • Group Tours up to 15 people: CHF 380.–
    • Group Tours up to 25 people: CHF 420.–
    • Group Tours up to 15 people (out of opening hours): CHF 670.–
    • Group Tours up to 25 people (out of opening hours): CHF 720.–
    • Group Tours up to 15 people at the Museum of Horsepower: CHF 280.– 
    Reservation

    Group Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. There is the possibility to combine the Tour with an aperitif.  For a Tour reservation please call +41 (0)61 205 86 70 or send us an e-mail.

    WHAT'S ON FOR SCHOOLS

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    PARTIES OF SCHOOLCHILDERN WITH GUIDED TOURS

    The Historisches Museum Basel offers schools, universities and other educational institutions a range of tie-in events for both the permanent collection and its special exhibitions.

    Our offers
    • are adapted to the participants' age and grade
    • actively involve all those taking part
    • bring history to life for children and young people
    • build bridges between the past and present
    • are a great way of enhancing classroom work
    • are entertaining, diverting, interesting, amusing and informative
    Duration

    The events last 90 minutes as a rule, but can be extended to 120 minutes in some cases. Please understand that we can accept only one class per time slot.

    Costs
    • Parties of schoolchildren from Basel-Stadt and Baselland: free of charge
    • For all others: CHF 180.
    Reservation

    Group events must be booked at least two weeks in advance. For reservation please call us on +41 (0)61 205 86 70, or send us an e-mail.

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    PARTIES OF SCHOOLCHILDREN WITHOUT A GUIDED TOUR

    Parties of schoolchildren are welcome to visit the museum even without a guided tour. To ensure everything goes smoothly, please note that parties of schoolchildren without a guided tour can visit only during regular opening hours, must be accompanied by at least one teacher/supervisor, must not exceed the maximum size of 25 children and can be admitted to an exhibition or part of an exhibition only one at a time.

    Reservation

    Visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance. For the reservation please call us on +41 (0)61 205 86 70 or send us an e-mail.

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    WORKSHOP FOR LEARNERS OF GERMAN

    This workshop about how Basel has changed historically, architecturally and socially over the years is an ideal opportunity to find out more about the city’s eventful history. It also draws comparisons with everyday life in Basel today: places familiar and unfamiliar, family life, food, clothes and social behaviour are among the topics covered.

    No special preparation is required. The workshop is suitable for groups of six to 16 adult learners of German from the end of level A1 and up and lasts 90 to 120 minutes.

    Reservation

    Visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance. For the reservation please call us on +41 (0)61 205 86 70 or send us an e-mail.

    GASTRONOMY & WELL-BEING

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    REFRESHMENTS

    Tours of the Barfüsserkirche can be combined with refreshments.

    Reservation

    Events must be booked at least two weeks in advance. For the reservation please call us on +41 (0)61 205 86 00 or send us an e-mail.