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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

1st October 2021

To kick off its 2021/22 lecture cycle, the Historische und Antiquarische Gesellschaft zu Basel invites you to a special evening all about Sebastian Brant. After a introduction, students from the German Seminar of the University of Basel will stage the seven deadly sins thematised in the «ship of Fools». The choir «Männerstimmen Basel» will perform a triptych of Sebastian Brant texts set to music. Registration

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

15 September has been declared International Democracy Day by the UN. Smaller and larger actions and activities are taking place throughout Switzerland. The Basel Historical Museum supports the project of the Campus for Democracy – Dialogue Foundation to provide political education. The Historical Museum is offering a varied programme on 15 September with free admission. Read more

27 August 2021

Within walking distance of the Theaterplatz, unique architecture, film, gastronomy, history, art, literature, music, social work and theatre come together to form a multi-voiced cultural and lingering place. As part of an extraordinary cooperation, 11 institutions invite you to a neighbourhood festival on Saturday, 11.9. that makes the diversity of cultural offerings in the heart of Basel visible and tangible. Read more

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


28 May 2021

The successful Basel politician and diplomat Peter Ochs was openly enthusiastic about the French Revolution in 1789 and persistently campaigned for the implementation of human rights and the political equality of all Swiss. To mark the 200th anniversary of his death, the Basel Historical Museum will be showing a small exhibition with 26 selected exhibits in the Barfüsserkirche from 18 June. The presentation depicts Peter Ochs' eventful biography and describes the time in which he was active. Read more

City stories carved in stone

28 May 2021

The stone monuments behind the Barfüsserkirche from the collection of the Historical Museum are newly exhibited and described. The monuments come from a wide variety of places in the city. Carved in sandstone between the 15th and 18th centuries, the reliefs were placed on the walls of official buildings, churches, inns and private houses. Skilfully carved by stonemasons, they bear witness to the history of the houses, their builders or honour deceased citizens of the town. Often they are the only evidence of a building that has disappeared from the townscape.

28 Mai 2021

The summer holidays are just around the corner: time to start planning! This year, the Basel Historical Museum is taking part in the Basel Holiday Pass with six attractive offers. The offers in the three exhibition houses are aimed at children and young people between the ages of 6 and 16. The guided tours can be booked from 7 June onwards via the Basler Ferienpass website. Registration

31st March 2021

The Basel Historical Museum is now offering a new service (provisionally in German) in its three exhibition sites: Select an object in the exhibitions and, under the guidance of a guide, invent a story about it. There are no limits to your imagination. Try it out and discover the museum collections in a playful way! Read more

Parade for women's suffrage at Schweizerische Ausstellung für Frauenarbeit 1928 in Bern. Photo: Otto Rohr, Gosteli-Stiftung, Fotosammlung B 78

4 February 2021

On 7 February 1971, women's suffrage was adopted in Switzerland. To mark this anniversary, the exhibition «Leaps in Time – A Brief History of Basel» has been supplemented by a new short film dealing with the arduous, almost 100-year struggle for political equality.

animal! – The Sound of Animals

4 February 2021

With «animal! – The Sound of Animals», the Historical Museum will open an exhibition for children and adults on 21 October in the Musikmuseum. The presentation will focus on the relationship between animals, sound and musical instruments. Why does the nightingale sing but the wolf howl? And how does the cow get on the drum and the elephant into the piano? «animal!» is part of a cooperation between four Basel museums: Museum der Kulturen Basel, Antikenmuseum Basel, Pharmaziemuseum Basel and Historical Museum.

27 November 2020

The Basel Historical Museum is now offering its visitors an additional free service: The audioguide enables a comfortable, individual tour in three languages (German, English, French) through the permanent exhibitions in the Barfüsserkirche. Read more

2 November 2020

Marc Zehntner took over the interim management of the Historisches Museum Basel on 12 October. The new director has many years of experience in leading positions in culture and museum management. Together with the HMB team, he will promote and implement various planned projects over the next two and a half years. Read more

9 October 2020

The exhibition «Wild boar and lettuce – Strasbourg faiences and Dining Culture» on the ground floor of the Haus zum Kirschgarten has been extended: on the one hand, it includes numerous outstanding objects of Strasbourg tableware ceramics, on the other hand, some important new acquisitions from the Strasbourg manufactory Hannong. In addition to explanations of these major works of ceramic art, the exhibition also provides information on tableware culture in the 18th century. Read more

5 October 2020

«Musik trotz allem» offers in cooperation with the Musikmuseum every Wednesday from January to December 2021, a monthly music course for children and young people with disabilities in two course blocks, which can also be attended individually. Read more

28 August 2020

For adventurous children, a booklet in German on the exhibition «Leaps in Time – A Brief History of Basel» is now available free of charge at the ticket office. The booklet provides an entertaining tour of the exhibition with numerous puzzles, hidden object games and stories suitable for children.

4 June 2020

In June 2019, the new collection presentation «Leaps in Time – A Brief History of Basel» was opened in the Barfüsserkirche and is since then popular with the public. A year later, the Christoph Merian Verlag is now publishing the book in German and English. All the contents of the exhibition – including those of the extensive media installations – have been laid out for this purpose. The book is available in the Barfüsserkirche and in bookshops or online.

7 May 2020

«Gold and Glory – Gifts for Eternity» and «Übermensch – Friedrich Nietzsche and the Consequences» can now be viewed virtually. This gives you the opportunity to discover these successful exhibitions or to see them again.



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