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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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