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Exhibition archive

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

Browse through our archive and explore past exhibitions and special highlights. Please find our current exhibitions here.

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All past exhibitions

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The Basel Quran

A contribution to intercultural dialogue

July 2 2019 – August 16 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.

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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.

Special exhibition


Friedrich Nietzsche and his Afterlife

October 16 2019 – February 23 2020  |  Barfüsserkirche
German, English, French  |  Admission + CHF 5.–  | 

This exhibition to mark the 175th anniversary of the birth of the famous German cultural critic and philosopher presents Friedrich Nietzsche, his works and influence to this day.

Special exhibition

Sound Pictures

Musical Treasures from 16th-Century Basel

May 24 2019 – February 2 2020  |  Musikmuseum
German, English, French  |  Admission  | 

Unique prints and manuscripts telling of the cultural life of Renaissance Basel.

Special exhibition

Gold & Glory

Gifts for Eternity

October 11 2019 – January 19 2020  |  Kunstmuseum Basel, Neubau
German, English, French  |  Exhibition admission  | 

The Basel Historical Museum is currently preparing a major loan exhibition to celebrate the millennium of Basel cathedral «GOLD & GLORY – Gifts for Eternity», which is to be the key event among numerous festivities planned for the cathedral jubilee.

Seasonal exhibition 2019

December 1 2019 – January 5 2020  |  Haus zum Kirschgarten
German, English, French  |  Admission  | 

The Haus zum Kirschgarten looks more radiant than ever at Christmas time.


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