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The Basel Museumstram is not just travelling through town!

Learn more on this page about testimonies of cultural heritage that allow a personal confrontation with the past, present and future in equal measure.

Story #1

Epidemics, Black Death and Covid-19

Object 1: Front page «Observationes», 1614 // Object 2: Vial with vaccine from Moderna // Madrid, Basel, 2020 // Inv. 2021.42.

Tired of Covid-19?

Preventative measures, number of cases, lockdown, opening, vaccination and everything is going to be alright. Plagues and epimdemics are in fact a rather old phenomenon. Pestilence, also known as black death, had a firm grip on Europe for many years and caused a lot of hardship and suffering. How did people deal with that threat back then? How could they protect themselves ?

Basel city physician Felix Platter tackled these challenges in the 16th century. His booklet «Observationes» is a collection of medical histories and gives an insight into Platter’s work. Find out more about the famous son of this town in the following video.

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Basel Historical Museum brings Basel's stories closer.
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Basel Historical Museum
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Steinenberg 4
PO box
CH – 4001 Basel

Reception: +41 61 205 86 00

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