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Lending services

Basel Historical Museum loans objects from its collections to other museums for exhibitions.

We will gladly help you select the best objects and provide information on their availability before you file a formal loan request. Exhibited objects can be loaned only in exceptional cases and with good grounds.


As various checks have to be performed and the necessary authorization obtained before a loan request can be granted, it is vital that you supply the information we need and abide by the deadlines set. To process your loan request we need:

  • the loan request itself
  • an exhibition concept (in brief)
  • project information (as per the Loan Form)
  • the list of objects with inventory numbers (Loan Form)
  • a Facility Report for the exhibition venue

A loan request must be submitted at least 180 days before the opening of the exhibition. You will first be sent a confirmation of receipt. Then, once your request has been checked and approved, you will be sent further details of the object as well as the costs, insurance values and any special agreements that may be required.

There is a service charge of CHF 200 per approved object. No processing fee is charged by state institutions and offices listed in the «Staatskalender» of the Canton of Basel-Stadt, by the University of Basel and its affiliated institutions, by museums belonging to «museen basel», by the Swiss National Museum and its houses, and by cooperation partners of the HMB with a valid agreement.

Added to this are, as the case may be, the costs for conservation measures and photography (labour and materials). In addition, the costs for insurance, transport, packaging, courier escort etc. are borne by the borrower.

Once the Commission of Basel Historical Museum has agreed to the loan, the loan contract will be sent to you, and at the same time Basel Historical Museum will arrange for the objects to be insured with the insurance company of Basel Historical Museum. You will receive the invoice directly from the insurance company.

As soon as Basel Historical Museum has received a copy of the loan contract signed by the borrower, the transport arrangements and date can be agreed. A condition report is signed when the objects are handed over and when they are returned.


Please address all correspondence regarding loans to registratur.hmb(at)bs.ch.

For the reproduction of objects for catalogues, flyers, posters and websites, please contact daniel.suter(at)bs.ch as soon as the Loan Agreement has been signed.


Management & administration
PO box | Steinenberg 4
CH-4001 Basel

Office opening hours
8:30 – 12 AM | 13:30 – 17 PM
Reception: +41 61 205 86 00

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