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Basel Historical Museum


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: Important Information

In our three exhibition houses there is a COVID-certificate obligation.

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.

Groups, school classes and special requests
Groups of 5 persons or more and persons with special requests must register on +41 61 205 86 70 or via vermittlung.hmb(at)bs.ch.

Protective installations
Protective screens with induction devices for hearing aids are installed at the counters.

Special exhibition

animalistic !

The Sound of Animals

October 22 2021 – June 25 2023  |  Musikmuseum

From 22 October 2021, the special exhibition will present the many connections between animals and music.

Peter Ochs (1752–1821)

June 18 2021 – November 14 2021  |  Barfüsserkirche

Basel Historical Museum commemorates the 200th anniversary of the death of Peter Ochs with a small exhibition in two display cases in the Barfüsserkirche.

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.


Wild Boar and Lettuce

Strasbourg Faiences and Dining Culture

June 8 2018 – December 31 2021  |  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.


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

Reception: +41 61 205 86 00

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