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Musikmuseum: Outside view
Basel Historical Museum

MUSIKMUSEUM

 

All opening hours and prices

Musikmuseum: Inside view of the room: Music in Basel |
Basel Historical Museum

MUSIKMUSEUM

 

All opening hours and prices

Musikmuseum: Inside view of the room: Concerts, Choirs and Dancing
Basel Historical Museum

MUSIKMUSEUM

 

All opening hours and prices

With over 3,300 objects to its Name, Historisches Museum Basel is in possession of Switzerland’s largest collection of musical instruments.

Spread over three floors, the Musikmuseum boasts some 650 European instruments spanning five centuries of music history from the oldest drum dating from 1571 and a highly ornate viola da gamba by Joachim Tielke (ca. 1704) to the Weber Unika Orchestrion of 1925. The twenty-four cells of the former prison serve as showcases in which visitors can admire the instruments while calling up countless samples and additional information on an interactive screen. While touring the museum you will therefore hear all sorts of music, from the familiar to the bizarre.

History of the Musikmuseum

Opening times

 

Special opening hours:

Swiss National Day
August 1, 2019
Thursday: open

Christmas Eve
December 24, 2019
Tuesday: closed

Christmas Day
December 25, 2019
Wednesday: closed

Boxing Day
December 26, 2019
Thursday: open

New Year's Eve
December 31, 2019
Tuesday: 11 AM to 5 PM

New Year's Day
January 1, 2020
Wednesday: closed

Museum Night Basel
January 17, 2020
Friday: special

After the regular opening hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Museum Night begins at 6 p.m. to two hours after midnight.

Fasnacht Monday
March 2, 2020
Monday: closed

Fasnacht Tuesday
March 3, 2020
Tuesday: closed

Fasnacht Wednesday
March 4, 2020
Wednesday: closed

Maundy Thursday
April 9, 2020
Thursday: open

Good Friday
April 10, 2020
Friday: open

Easter Sunday
April 12, 2020
Sunday: open

Easter Monday
April 13, 2020
Monday: 11 AM to 5 PM

Labour Day
May 1, 2020
Friday: closed

Ascension Day
May 21, 2020
Thursday: open

Whit Sunday
May 31, 2020
Sunday: open

Whit Monday
June 1, 2020
Monday: closed

Swiss National Day
August 1, 2020
Saturday: open

Admission

General admission

Adults CHF 10.–
Reduced rate: CHF 5.– *
Combi-Ticket for all three sites: CHF 20.– / CHF 10.– *
Groups of 10 or more: CHF 8.–

*Young people under 20 and up to 30 if still in education or training

Free admission

Happy Day: 1st Sunday of the month (excl. special exhibitions)
Happy Hour: Last hour of the day (excl. Sundays and holidays)
Children up to 13
Members of the Verein für das Historische Museum Basel Members of ICOM/VMS
Holders of the Museums-PASS-Musées, the Schweizer Museumspass or Colourkey

Surcharge for events

Selected events are subject to a surcharge of CHF 5.– in addition to admission.

Location and directions

A wide choice of tours

Living History

[Translate to EN:] Musikmuseum: Living History Babettli

«Baaabettli!!!!» – Babette describes her life as a maid to the Ryhiner-Leissler family

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eGuide

Your electronic museum guide

Further information

History of the Musikmuseum

Musikmuseum stands on a hill above the Barfüsserplatz in the medieval heart of Basel. It belongs to a complex that dates back to St. Leonhard’s Convent, a monastery of the Canons Regular of Saint Augustine. The Church of St. Leonhard, thought to have been founded between 1060 and 1070, is part of the same ensemble. Like so many other buildings in Basel, the convent was severely damaged by the great earthquake of 1356 and had to be repaired at considerable expense. The 15th century brought further troubles as a result of war, plague and famine, and not until the end of that century was there a change for the better. The arrival of the Reformation in Basel in 1529 put an end to its monastic activities once and for all, while the Church of St. Leonhard was named one of Basel’s four Protestant parish churches. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the complex was used as a builder’s yard and since the yard also doubled as the place where the Lohnherren, or employers, paid out wages, it came to be known as the Lohnhof (lit. «wage yard»). This is how things stood in 1821 when the police moved in.

From 1835 to 1995, the former convent was used as a prison and when that, too, closed, the Basel-based architects Morger & Degelo converted the former library and cell tract into a museum of music. The building housing the Musikmuseum will soon be a thousand years old and its history has remained visible to this day.

 
Contact

Basel Historical Museum
Management & Administration
Steinenberg 4
Postfach
CH – 4001 Basel

Reception: +41 61 205 86 00
Message: +41 61 205 86 02
historisches.museum(at)bs.ch

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