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17 January 2020, 6 PM – 2 AM

Museum Night

The Basel Museum Night, an event organised by the Department of Culture of the Canton of Basel-Stadt, will celebrate its 20th anniversary on 17 January 2020.

In the Barfüsserkirche and Musikmuseum, visitors can expect an impressive programme of the exhibitions «Leaps in Time – A Brief History of Basel», «Übermensch – Friedrich Nietzsche and his Afterlife» and «Sound Pictures – Musical Treasures from 16th-Century Basel».



[Translate to EN:] Bild: Staatsarchiv Basel-Stadt, BSL 1013 1-4648 1, Hans Bertolf

We tell contemporary stories. The story of Basel is the result of many stories. Mr. Nietzsche is also on a visit. We present his thoughts and his moustache.

Photo box (DE, EN, FR)
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Nietzsche's moustache (DE, EN, FR)
Young and old create a «Schnauz» à la Nietzsche.

The longest guided tour ever (DE)
Our employees invite you to immerse yourself in 100,000 years of Basel history.

Kaleidoscope String Quartet (DE, EN, FR)
18:15, 21:00
A mix of edgy grooves, sound paintings, folky melodies and experimental improvisations.

Guided tour through «Leaps in Time» (EN)
20:00, 22:00
A brief history of Basel from the first humans in to the present: 100,000 years in 30 minutes.

Food and drink
Bistro with food and drink



Old music books and suitable instruments produce music in concerts that was played 500 years ago in Basel. Young and old can create their own sound pocketbooks, as in Felix Platter's time in the 16th century.

Virtual Reality: Museums in 3D animation (DE, EN, FR)
Visit the three houses of Basel Historical Museum without taking a step.

Design a sound book (DE, EN, FR)
Design your own sound book with ink, stamp, nib and scissors.

Felix Platter tells (DE)
19:30, 21:15
Scenic tour through the special exhibition «Leaps in Time».

Concert: «Guter, seltzamer und künstreicher Gesang» in the Leonhardskirche (DE, EN, FR)
20:15, 22:00, 23:45
A Renaissance ensemble (harp, viola da gamba, vocals) performs selected «sound pictures».

Eating and drinking
Bistro of the Fasnachtsglygge «Basler Dybli» with snacks for hungry musicians.


Kaleidoscope String Quartet

The Kaleidoscope String Quartet will play in the Barfüsserkirche on the Museum Night at 18:15 and 21:00.

The Kaleidoscope String Quartet penetrates brilliantly into string quartet-untypical areas. The four classical and jazz-trained musicians find their own sound language, which explores musical boundaries and always seeks connections to genres such as jazz, pop and rock and contemporary music. Edgy grooves alternate with sound paintings and folky melodies are contrasted with improvisations that are open to experimentation.

Interaction and spontaneity are central to the ensemble, which sees itself more as a band than a classical quartet and gives its performances without music stands.

Museum Night in the Barfüsserkirche and Musikmuseum

Opening hours:
17 January 2020, 18:00-02:00

Full price: CHF 24.–/EUR 23.–
U26 (under 26 years, with ID): Free ticket
KulturLegi: CHF 12.–/EUR 11.–
Museum-PASS-Musées: CHF 19.–/EUR 18.–

Tickets are available at the ticket office of the Barfüsserkirche or Musikmuseum.



Basel Historical Museum
Management & administration
Steinenberg 4
PO box
CH – 4001 Basel

Reception: +41 61 205 86 00

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