Basel Historical Museum has its own academic library. Its ca. 30,000 holdings are works of relevance to the museum’s own collections.
Most of them date from the period between the 15th and 19th centuries, with a focus on the decorative arts (goldsmithing and silverware, textiles, glass, ceramics and furniture) and numismatics, supplemented by publications on musical instruments, timepieces, archaeology, museology (including restoration and conservation) and the cultural history of Basel.
Monday–Thursday: 9 am–12 noon and 2–5 pm
Basel Historical Museum
CH – 4051 Basel
Telephone (ext.): +41 61 205 86 08
Telephone (general inquiries): +41 61 205 86 00
The entire collection can be searched via the national search portal Swisscovery.
Members of the public may use the library by appointment. It is not a lending library, but there are scanners and photocopiers that visitors are welcome to use.