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29 November 2020 – 6 January 2021

Advent season

The Haus zum Kirschgarten looks more radiant than ever at Christmas time. Stylishly enhanced by a seasonal exhibition of Christmas trees, its magnificent Neoclassical architecture can be experienced in a whole new way.

The numerous trees festooned with historical and modern ornaments lend the grand mansion a festive atmosphere and paint a vivid picture of how the Christmas trees displayed in private homes have changed over the years. All the historical tree decorations belonged to Basel households originally and with their different styles attest to the different periods in which they were made. The modern tree ornaments introduce a fresh angle and make for a striking visual contrast with the Haus zum Kirschgarten’s period rooms.

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For the younger guests

Search game

One special highlight for our visitors is the squirrel designed in keeping with the style of the ornaments on each tree that children – and not just children – will have lots of fun finding in the Haus zum Kirschgarten.

Kids tinker bag

Every Advent Sunday you can also take one of four different craft bags. Each bag contains materials and instructions for one project. The bags are available throughout the week at the respective cash desk (as long as available).

Advent program in the Haus zum Kirschgarten & Musikmuseum

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

Reception: +41 61 205 86 00

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