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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.

animalistic ! – The Sound of Animals

From 22 October 2021, the special exhibition will present the many connections between animals and music.

Strategy of Basel Historical Museum

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

eGuide – Your electronical guide

Our eGuide takes you to selected objects in our houses.

«Time against racism» – In search of clues in our museum

The HMB is participating in Radio X's «Time against racism 2021».

Human Rights and Revolution – Peter Ochs (1752–1821)

Basel Historical Museum commemorates the 200th anniversary of the death of Peter Ochs with a small exhibition in two display cases in the Barfüsserkirche.

Leaps in Time – A Brief History of Basel

A brief history of Basel from the earliest signs of human activity to the present.

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.

Important Information

Certificate obligation
In our three exhibition houses there is a COVID-certificate obligation.

Protective installations
Protective screens with induction devices for hearing aids are installed at the counters.

Waiting times
There may occur waiting times when visiting an exhibition. Please allow sufficient time for your visit or, if possible, place it on a working day.

Limited access in the Musikmuseum
Due to the construction of the upcoming exhibition «animalistic!», the second floor cannot be visited at the moment.

Gebäude: Barfüsserkirche

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

Opening hours
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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

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

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

 
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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