The collection constitutes the core of the Basel Historical Museum. It is important to preserve the collection for future generations, because it is from it that the museum develops its diverse offerings for all groups and milieus of society.
In appreciation of its own collection tradition, the concept provides the framework for a respectful and sustainable approach to the existing collection and for a conscious and targeted expansion of it according to defined criteria.
The collection concept of the Historisches Museum can be viewed here: Collection Concept of the Basel Historical Museum (HMB) (In German)
The Basel Historical Museum is expanding its collection according to the following thematic priorities:
To determine whether an object is suitable for inclusion in the collection, the following criteria are used in addition to the listed focal points of content:
Exclusion criteria that speak against the inclusion of an object in the collection are:
Do you own an object that meets the above criteria and would like to donate it to the Basel Historical Museum? Please contact the curator responsible or, if you are unsure, send an e-mail with as detailed information as possible (description, history of origin and use, dating, state of preservation, approximate dimensions) and photos of the object together with your contact details to sammlung.hmb(at)bs.ch.
Please do not send us any objects without prior arrangement and do not bring any objects to one of our locations without making an appointment with the curator in charge. We reserve the right to dispose of objects sent or dropped off without being asked.
Please address any further questions or suggestions regarding the collection concept of the Basel Historical Museum to sammlung.hmb(at)bs.ch.