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3 May 2022

Next Sunday, 8 May, the Family Sunday will take place in the context of the exhibition «animalistic!» at the Musikmuseum. Young and old are welcome to take part in the varied programme: We will build musical instruments out of recycled materials, make music together or explore the exhibition with a search game. Admission for families is free. Read more

3 May 2022

After a Corona-related break, we are looking forward to the Museum Night on 20 May! As every year, the Basel Historical Museum is taking part with the Barfüsserkirche and the Musikmuseum: with the theme «Epidemics, Plague and Covid-19» in the Barfüsserkirche, we are taking up a topical subject, and in the Musikmuseum it will be «animalistic!». 

The Museum Night is an event organised by the museen basel and the Department of Culture Basel-City. On 20 May 2022, 37 museums and cultural institutions will be offering a rich programme from 6-2 pm: www.museumsnacht.ch

3 May 2022

Culture and pleasure come together in this cooperation with the wine bar Chez Grisoni, which is located in the immediate vicinity of the Haus zum Kirschgarten. On several tasting evenings, guests will benefit from a thematically adapted short guided tour in the Haus zum Kirschgarten, which will take place before the actual tasting. The first event will take place on 18 May. Information and registration 

28 April 2022

The directors of the museums in Basel have drawn up a joint statement in which they express their views on the war in Ukraine and formulate their position. In it, they resolutely distance themselves from violence, war, destruction, aggression and all forms of attacks on free, critical thinking and the cultural assets associated with it.

Rather, they make a strong case for their mission to work fundamentally for culture, art and nature/environment and to share their knowledge of their treasures with other people. Persons in need of protection, asylum seekers, provisionally admitted persons with residence status F, N and S as well as recognised refugees (with ID B) can visit the museums and their exhibitions listed free of charge. You can find the whole statement here.

4 April 2022

This Saturday, 9 April, at 3pm, Dutchman Henkjan Honing (b. 1959), one of the leading music cognition researchers, will share with us his fascinating observations and insights into the musicality of animals.

Honing explores the question of whether animals are musical and starts by answering it with humans. Music is an essential part of every human culture.

The lecture will be held in English, the short tour afterwards through «animalistic!» with curator Isabel Münzner in German. Read more

4 April 2022

The so-called library showcase in the Barfüsserkirche has been newly set up. The small exhibition presents the introduction of smallpox inoculation in Basel from the perspective of Johann III Bernoulli, who was vaccinated at the age of 12. The presentation was created in collaboration with the Basel University Library. Read more

4 April 2022

Easter is a great opportunity to bring the Frühlling into the garden pavilion of the Haus zum Kirschgarten. In keeping with tradition, we set out a lush bouquet of flowering branches, decorated with over 150 artistically painted eggs. The Easter hunt game through the garden keeps our little guests on their toes. There is a chocolate bunny to win. Read more

4 April 2022

Just in time for the beginning of spring, the sledges in the carriage passage in the Haus zum Kirschgarten were replaced by a draisine (1818) and a bicycle (2nd half of the 19th century) from our collection. The small presentation shows the successful history of the bicycle, whose popularity increased during the Covid 19 pandemic.

4 March 2022

We are happy that Fasnacht is back this year! That's why we have a carnival lantern «S Salzmuseum oder S Barfiesser-Solbad» from 1975 on display in the porch of the Barfüsserkirche. The clique «Alti Schnooggekerzli 1929» takes as its theme the use of the Barfüsserkirche as a swimming pool.

Our exhibition halls will be closed during Fasnacht. The museums will be open again from Thursday, 10 March.

We wish everyone a wonderful carnival!

4 March 2022

On 26 March, from 6.00 to 8.00 a.m., we offer a guided tour of a special kind: As part of the « animalistic ! » exhibition in the Musikmuseum, you will discover bird calls in Margarethenpark under the expert guidance of ornithologist Christian Marti and identify bird species by their song. Read more

10 February 2022

The Basel Historical Museum and the University Library Basel are delighted to receive the «Comites Latentes» collection on loan. The high-quality private collection comprises 212 manuscripts covering a period from the 6th to the 20th century. Together with the University Library Basel, where they are kept, new research projects can be launched and the manuscripts presented to the public. More information (in German)

3 February 2022

The operational phase of the general inventory in the nine depots and the three exhibition halls of the Historical Museum has been underway since this week. Insights into the large-scale project and the diverse work steps are provided by the blog articles, which will be published on our website on an ongoing basis throughout the duration of the project. You can also subscribe to the blog posts as RSS feeds. To the blog

3 February 2022

As part of the exhibition project « animalistic ! », a science day will take place on 11 February. Five Basel museums will be taking part with a variety of events. Where are animals idolised, where exploited? What role do they play in our everyday lives, in art and music? How do they make people healthy or ill? Visitors will delve into exciting questions about the relationship between humans and animals. More information

Photo: Tilo Ahmels

7 January 2022

In a co-production with the Junioratelier, the Basel Historical Museum presents a show and radio play in the Haus zum Kirschgarten on 14 dates from January to March. A night watchman takes the audience on an entertaining tour through the magnificent mansion in the evening. A rare opportunity not to be missed. Further information and registration: junioratelier.ch

7 January 2022

During excavations at the St. Alban-Graben in 2020, archaeologists discovered the skeleton of a monkey in a late medieval latrine tower. The find is a rarity throughout Europe. In cooperation with the Archäologische Bodenforschung, the Basel Historical Museum is showing in a small exhibition what the investigations so far have brought to light. The presentation can be seen in the Barfüsserkirche from 21 January.

6 December 2021

When browsing in our museum shops, you will come across a wide variety of pretty and practical little things that are perfect as Christmas gifts.

At the Musikmuseum, the shop currently has all sorts of articles inspired by the «animalistic!» exhibition. Take your pick from croaking frogs, soft cuddly birds, and more. The shop at the Haus zum Kirschgarten offers a wide variety of high-quality tree decorations and colourful wind lights that match the splendour of the museum's magnificently decorated Christmas trees. Our largest shop at the Barfüsserkirche currently has a special sale underway. Bargain hunters can find all sorts of stocking fillers: cleaning cloths for glasses, colourful fabric bags, artful magnets, books, and more. Drop in and be inspired!

5 November 2021

Every year, a festive atmosphere is created in the wonderful mansion. Throughout Advent and until the beginning of January, numerous magnificently decorated Christmas trees adorn the beautiful house. By the way, the Haus zum Kirschgarten is also open for you on all Tuesdays in December from 11 am to 5 pm. Read more

5 November 2021

In the Haus zum Kirschgarten, ceramic mustard vessels from the 18th century can be rediscovered in two small wall display cases. They are precious tableware. The vessels made of porcelain and faience offer a cross-section of European ceramic history and fascinate with their wide range of shapes and decorations.

1st October 2021

On 21 October at 6 pm, the Basel Historical Museum will open the exhibition «tierisch! – The Sound of Animals» with a vernissage. The exhibition explores the many connections between animals and music. In doing so, it raises fundamental questions: Are animals musical? Do whales and birds sing? And how can a possible « enjoyment » of music by animals be determined? The exhibition offers insights for young and old into this exciting topic. Read more

20 September 2021

The Basel Historical Museum is pleased to be part of the Art Basel Parcours again this year. From 20 to 26 September, a work by the British installation artist Mike Nelson, an installation by the Mainz object artist Esther Kläs and a work by the Berlin object artist, painter, graphic artist and video artist Thomas Bayrle will be shown in the Barfüsserkirche. In the garden of the Haus zum Kirschgarten, the Chinese artist Guan Xiao presents four works.

Please note the special opening hours of the Barfüsserkirche and the Haus zum Kirschgarten during the Art Basel Parcours.

Mon 13.00 – 20.00, Tue – Sat 10.00 – 20.00, Sun 10.00 – 17.00.

Haus zum Kirschgarten:
Mon 13.00 – 20.00, Tue – Sat 10.00 – 20.00, Sun 10.00 – 19.00.

The access to the artworks is free of charge.
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27 August 2021

In the courtyard of the Musikmuseum, everything revolves around the rose and other botanical beauties from 15 to 18 September. The rose market looks back on a long tradition: it is taking place for the 12th time. Robust rose seedlings from the region, flower bulbs, autumn perennials and much more will be on offer. Read more

27 August 2021

«TiM – Tandem in the Museum» is an outreach programme that brings people who did not know each other before together in a museum. At the annual impulse meeting on 17 September, the experiences of TiM-Tandem after one year are presented. This takes place in small groups in various museums. Or you can participate exclusively via Zoom. The event is open to all interested people. Registration deadline is 1 September. Read more

Photo: Philippe Saurbeck, Archäologische Bodenforschung Basel-Stadt

27 August 2021

The Archaeological Soil Research Basel-Stadt has set up two new archaeological information points on Basel's urban history in the Theater-Passage and Fasnachtsgasse. At the centre of the staging is the history of the Barfüsser monastery, which once stood on this site. A bronze model of the monastery and an archaeoscope, a telescope into the past, provide exciting insights into its history. Read more



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