Basel Historical Museum

Basel, Switzerland

Opened in 1894, the Basel Historical Museum is one of the largest and most important museums of its kind in Switzerland. The museum is divided into four sections (buildings), three of which are within the city of Basel. These are BarfüsserkircheHaus zum Kirschgarten and the Musikmuseum. The fourth section, the Coach and Carriage Museum lies slightly outside Basel, in the neighbouring town of Münchenstein.

The main part of the museum is located in the Barfüsserkirche in the centre of Basel. The museum houses the Upper Rhine’s most comprehensive cultural history collection and the display area covers 6,200 square meters. The exhibition presents objects documenting handicraft traditions and everyday culture from ages past. Its focus is on the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance up to the Baroque period.

Leading highlights include: the Basel Cathedral treasure, the Basel and Strasbourg tapestries, the fragments of Basel’s dance of death, altars and ecclesiastical graphic works, the estate of Erasmus of Rotterdam, the coin cabinet and glass painting. The museum also preserves old cabinets of curiosities which have been bequeathed, as Amerbach cabinet and Faesch cabinet, which works great collectors Basel sixteenth and seventeenth century.

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Founded: 1894
Category: Museums in Switzerland

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Michael Wu PhD (13 days ago)
Very popular museum with a big plaza fill with plenty of people eating at lunch time.
Emma Sheeran (3 months ago)
Such a fascinating museum. Unexpectedly large so allow a good chunk of time to visit!
Edmond O'Flynn (3 months ago)
Definitely not a small museum, I spent hours here. Interesting history from the Celts to modern day Basel. I learned a lot!
Jonathan David Bossio (3 months ago)
All signs were only in German. Why not also in French and Italian? I find that totally not acceptable. There is a webpage that one can use to search for every item in the museum and gives you information in several languages, but first, this depends on the wifi connection which is not great everywhere in the museum, and then it takes way too much time to search for everything in the museum. The content though was interesting but the experience was not good. I do not recommend it unless you can read German.
Sébastien Potot (4 months ago)
Interesting place. A pity that only à part of the descriptions are in English or French.
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