Basel Historical Museum tells its users the history of Basel, the wider region and the people who live there. It collects, conserves and researches artefacts and other manifestations of Basel’s cultural heritage for future generations.
In its exhibitions Basel Historical Museum addresses themes both historical and topical and places them in their larger regional, national and international context. It also uses other channels of communication in addition to exhibitions.
Basel Historical Museum has set itself the goal of providing guidance to the past, present and future for people from a wide range of backgrounds, thus facilitating and promoting integration and identification. By doing so, it seeks to stimulate public discourse about both past and present. It wants a visit to any one of its three museums to be an enriching and positive experience for people of all age groups and all backgrounds. Basel Historical Museum thus adds to Basel’s attractiveness as a city.
The legal framework for the existence of Basel’s public museums is provided by the Museumsgesetz, a law passed by Canton Basel-Stadt as the museums’ trustee in the year 2000. Individual performance agreements take account of the specific tasks incumbent on each institution as well as serving their further development. The inalienability of the collections as the property of Canton Basel-Stadt and as part of the university endowment attests to the museums’ shared origins and continuity. For security reasons, our premises are subject to video surveillance.