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Barfüsserkirche
Barfüsserkirche

Experience
history close up

Haus zum Kirschgarten: Vestibule
Haus zum Kirschgarten

Basel's greatest interiors
of the 18th century

Musikmuseum: Room: Concerts, Choirs and Dancing
Musikmuseum

Switzerland’s largest collection of musical instruments

BASEL HISTORICAL MUSEUM

History comes alive

Basel Historical Museum with its three sites is widely regarded as the most important museum of cultural history on the Upper Rhine. It collects, conserves, records and researches objects and artefacts of relevance to our cultural heritage for future generations, tells visitors the story of Basel, and is a place for discourse and engagement with the past, present and future.
Programme

General Inventory

This major project involves the examination and detailed cataloguing of over 300,000 collection objects.

Rausch – Extase – Rush

The exhibition explores the phenomenon of euphoria and its impacts. Open until 30 June 2024.

Ligeti Labyrinth – An Exhibition Celebrating the Centenary of the Composer György Ligeti’s Birth

He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Many original manuscripts are on display in the exhibition and media stations invite visitors to experiment with his music. Open until 7 April 2024.

Strategy of Basel Historical Museum

The new strategy was developed with the involvement of the Museum Commission and the staff. Read more (in German)

TiM – Tandem in the Museum

An endless treasure of stories awaits you in our museum. With a German speaking TiM guide you roam through our collection, choose an object and invent a story about it.

From the pain of love to salvation – Readings of a Basel Couple in the Late Middle Ages

An early example of reading for an urban audience has survived in the form of a couple's library.

BASEL HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Our three sites

Each of our three sites is a museum in its own right with a modern and unique collection on a specific theme. Since all three are located within easy walking distance of each other, holders of a Combi-Ticket can visit all three museums in one day.

Gebäude: Barfüsserkirche

Barfüsserkirche has housed an exhibition on the history of Basel from prehistoric times to the present since 1894.

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Admission
Single ticket CHF 15.– / 8.– *

Information for people with restricted mobilityInformation for the hearing impairedInformation for the visually impairedAccessibility
Majority wheelchair access

WLAN
Free wifi
Information video surveillance

Haus zum Kirschgarten: Building

Most of the interior is devoted to the 18th- and 19th-century period rooms formerly inhabited by Basel’s affluent bourgeoisie.

Opening hours
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Admission
Single ticket CHF 10.– / 5.– *

Information for people with restricted mobility at zugangsmonitor.chInformation for the hearing impairedInformation for the visually impaired at zugangsmonitor.chAccessibility
No wheelchair access

WLAN
Free wifi
Information video surveillance

Musikmuseum: Building

The 24 cells of the former prison serve as showcases for 650 musical instruments spanning five centuries.

Opening hours
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Admission
Single ticket CHF 10.– / 5.– *

Information for people with restricted mobilityInformation for the hearing impairedInformation for the visually impairedAccessibility
Limited wheelchair access

WLAN
Free wifi
Information video surveillance

 
Contact

Basel Historical Museum
Management & administration
Steinenberg 4
PO box
CH – 4001 Basel

Reception: +41 61 205 86 00
historisches.museum(at)bs.ch

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