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Exhibitions

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.

Special exhibition

Elegant Imbibing

Baroque Silver from a Basel Collection

June 10 2022 – January 29 2023  |  Barfüsserkirche
German, English, French

How might we turn water into wine? Conjure the aromas of a festive spread? «Imbibe elegantly »? One of Switzerland’s most important private collections of Baroque silver is presented to the public for the first time in this special exhibition. A fascinating insight into the sheer variety of drinking vessels, their manufacture and use, it reveals that for all the differences, there are also parallels between imbibing today and imbibing 300 years ago.

Display case

Comites Latentes

Die Handschriftensammlung des Sion Segre Amar

September 6 2022 – March 5 2023  |  Barfüsserkirche
German, English, French  |  Admission

A top-class collection of predominantly medieval manuscripts was handed over as a deposit to the Historisches Museum Basel in February 2022. Selected treasures will thus be on public display in Basel for the first time until 5 March 2023 in the Barfüsserkirche.

Special exhibition

animalistic !

The Sound of Animals

October 22 2021 – June 25 2023  |  Musikmuseum

The special exhibition presents the many connections between animals and music.

Collection presentation

Leaps in Time

A Brief History of Basel

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

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

Mini-exhibition

Inventarium

A Documentation of the General Inventory

June 29 2022 – …  |  Barfüsserkirche
German, English, French  |  Admission

The «Inventarium» is a small exhibition about collecting and organising things and knowledge in the museum

Mini-exhibition

Wild Boar and Lettuce

Strasbourg Faiences and Dining Culture

June 8 2018 – December 31 2023  |  Haus zum Kirschgarten
German, English, French  |  Admission

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  |  Admission

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  |  Admission

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.

Seasonal exhibition

November 27 2022 – January 1 2023  |  Haus zum Kirschgarten
German, English, French  |  Admission

The Haus zum Kirschgarten enriches the pre-Christmas season with surprises for young and old.

 
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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