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30 April 2021

You still have the opportunity to visit the exhibition «Borderlines – Basel 1933–1945» until 30 May. Due to the limitation of persons per room, there may be waiting times. Therefore, we recommend that you visit the exhibition on weekdays if possible. You can find the dates of the last six public guided tours here.

30 April 2021

On 17 May IDAHOBIT, the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, will take place. To mark the occasion, Basel is showing its colourful side for a whole week. With the queer cultural festival «Bunt! Basel divers», events on the LGBTQIA theme will take place in the Basel area from 15 to 22 May. As part of this festival, the topic of «Marriage for All» will be debated on 16 May at 6 pm in the Barfüsserkirche. Read more

22 April 2021

We are now resuming the programme of events in our three exhibition halls! For the special exhibition «Borderlines» in the Barfüsserkirche, the final spurt is beginning: it is open to the public until 30 May. The exhibition texts are available in English. Click here for an overview of the events.

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

31st March 2021

The Barfüsserkirche, the Haus zum Kirschgarten and the Musikmuseum will be open to you without exception over Easter from 1 to 5 April: The Barfüsserkirche from 10 am to 5 pm, the Haus zum Kirschgarten and the Musikmuseum from 11 am to 5 pm. Information on the current exhibitions can be found here.

We look forward to your visit and wish you a wonderful Easter.

1 March 2021

The team of the Basel Historical Museum is pleased to finally welcome you to the Barfüsserkirche from Tuesday and to the Haus zum Kirschgarten and the Musikmuseum from Wednesday. To mark the reopening, we are granting free admission to all three museums, including the special exhibition, until Friday, 5 March.

We would particularly like to recommend the special exhibition «Borderlines – Basel 1933–1945» in the Barfüsserkirche, which will be extended until 30 May. New to the exhibition «Leaps in Time – A Brief History of Basel» are a short film on the long struggle for women's suffrage and the object of the year 2021. Find out what it is on the spot!

1st March 2021

In the garden pavilion of the magnificent city palace, an impressive bouquet of more than 150 artistically painted Easter eggs awaits visitors again at Easter time (27.03.–11.04.2021). In the cosy garden and on the ground floor of the house, children can take part in the popular Easter search game and win a chocolate bunny. 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.

© Dokumentationsstelle der Gemeinde Riehen, RIE B.1. 10133-00, photo: Adrian Stückelberger

4 February 2021

The exhibition «Borderlines – Basel 1933–1945», which has been severely affected by the restrictive Corona measures, will be extended until 30 May 2021. Unfortunately, the exhibition is still closed at the moment. However, we hope that we will soon be able to meet you again in the Barfüsserkirche! 

Human Rights and Revolution – Peter Ochs (1752–1821)

4 February 2021

In June, the Historical Museum will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Peter Ochs with a small exhibition in two display cases in the Barfüsserkirche. The successful Basel politician and diplomat Peter Ochs was enthusiastic about the French Revolution and persistently campaigned for the implementation of human rights and the political equality of all Swiss. The exhibition is complemented by a publication by Christoph Merian Verlag.

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.

Obituary for Michael Matzke

4 June 2020

Dr. Michael Matzke died on 20 May at the age of 54. Since 2006 he was curator of the Numismatic Collection at the Basel Historical Museum. In Michael Matzke, the Basel Historical Museum Basel loses its most distinguished researcher and a kind, sincere colleague. Read more

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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