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The Basel Historical Museum, with its three sites, constantly offers smaller and larger exhibitions.

Large exhibitions are accompanied by a wide range of guided tours and events.

COVID-19: Important Information
Due to the corona virus, all public guided tours and events remain cancelled until further notice.

We ask for your understanding that due to our Covid-19 protection concept, some mediation objects have been removed or are not accessible.

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.

Masks and protective installations
In order to protect yourself and others, face masks must be worn in our showrooms. Protective screens with induction devices for hearing aids are installed at the counters.

Headphones and tablets
Currently, we do not hand out headphones and tablets. Our eGuides are freely accessible and can be used comfortably with your own device.

Special exhibition


Basel 1933–1945

August 21 2020 – May 30 2021  |  Barfüsserkirche
German, English, French

Basel Historical Museum is showing a special exhibition on Basel during the National Socialist era.

Collection presentation

Leaps in Time

A Brief History of Basel

June 22 2019 – …  |  Barfüsserkirche
German, English, French

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

From the Otto Kleiber Archive

August 18 2020 – June 13 2021  |  Barfüsserkirche
German, English, French

In cooperation with the University Library of Basel and for the first time, we are showing an exquisite selection of letters by exiled authors from the archives of the feature editor Otto Kleiber.


Wild Boar and Lettuce

Strasbourg Faiences and Dining Culture

June 8 2018 – December 31 2021  |  Haus zum Kirschgarten
German, English, French

They are among the great treasures of ceramic art: the works from the Strasbourg faience factory of the Hannong family.

Collection presentation

Medieval Worlds of Faith

A presentation of medieval art

March 23 2018 – …  |  Barfüsserkirche
German, English, French

The presentation of medieval art in the Basel Historical Museum offers exciting insights into the omnipresence of the Christian faith.

Small collection presentation

Sheik Ibrahim

A Basel Sheikh in the Orient

October 15 2017 – …  |  Haus zum Kirschgarten
German, English, French

The Basel Historical Museum is honouring the famous explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784–1817), who as «Sheikh Ibrahim» travelled all over the Near East, with an extensively revised and expanded edition of a biography that has long been out of print. It is also staging a small exhibition about him inside the house in which he grew up, the Haus zum Kirschgarten.


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

Reception: +41 61 205 86 00
Message: +41 61 205 86 02

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