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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.

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.

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Public Enemy

Bruno Manser and the Rainforest

September 6 2019 – March 1 2020  |  Barfüsserkirche
German, English, French  |  Admission

Bruno Manser (1954–2005) was Switzerland’s best known environmentalist and human rights activist during his lifetime. He studied the language and culture of the Penan in Malaysian Borneo. This cabinet exhibition on the activist was organized in cooperation with the Bruno Manser Fonds and the Museum der Kulturen Basel.

Display case

The Basel Quran

A contribution to intercultural dialogue

July 2 2019 – May 29 2020  |  Barfüsserkirche
German, English, French  |  Admission

Starting in July, the Basel Historical Museum is to show the Basel Quran. The manuscript penned in Egypt or Syria in 1242 was brought to the Council of Basel from Constantinople in 1437.


Wild Boar and Lettuce

Strasbourg Faience and Dining Culture

June 8 2018 – June 28 2020  |  Haus zum Kirschgarten
German, English, French  |  Admission

They count among the great treasures of the art of porcelain-making: tureens in the shape of animals and deceptively real-looking plates of olives or lettuce made at the Hannong faience manufactory in Strasbourg.

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. Exquisite works of art from the 11th to 16th centuries unfold their beauty and spiritual power in the choir of the Barfüsserkirche.

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.


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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