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Historisches Museum Basel – Barfüsserkirche

The Basel Historical Museum, housed in the Barfüsserkirche since 1894, shows selected aspects of the history of Basel from prehistoric times to the present. The focus of the exhibits from the pre-Reformation period is on sacred works of art such as the Basel Dance of Death and Basel Cathedral Treasury. The exhibition in the basement, headed “Understanding the World”, comprises a magnificent array of medieval tapestries with their fantasy worlds and scenes of real life, the Renaissance and Baroque collections, now grouped together in one “Great Cabinet of Curiosities”, and Basel’s rich archaeological heritage. Among the other highlights are the coin cabinet and the Burgundian Booty.

This museum greets you in the following languages: D/F/E
Opening 1894

Barfüsserkirche. Photo: HMB Andreas Niemz
Barfüsserkirche. Photo: HMB Andreas Niemz
© Historisches Museum Basel, Philipp Emmel
© Historisches Museum Basel, Philipp Emmel
© Historisches Museum Basel, Natascha Jansen
© Historisches Museum Basel, Natascha Jansen

Current exhibitions

Medieval Worlds of Faith

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Showcased here will be medieval works of art from churches in Switzerland and on the Upper Rhine. The impressive sculptures attesting to the veneration of saints are a reminder of how society was pervaded by the Christian faith and the church and of the influence they have retained to this day.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Medieval Worlds of Faith

Leaps in Time – A Brief History of Basel

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Around 200,000 people from 200 nations live in Basel. The city forms the centre of a large tri-national region with a long history. The ‘Zeitsprünge’ exhibition offers highlights of the events and developments that have shaped the city and the region. Around one hundred exhibits lead the visitor through time – from the earliest traces of mankind to contemporary objects.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Leaps in Time – A Brief History of Basel

Public Enemy – Bruno Manser and the Rainforest

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Bruno Manser (1954-2005) from Basel was the best-known Swiss environmental and human rights activist during his lifetime. He was committed to exposing the human rights situation in Malaysia. The Malaysian government declared Manser an enemy of the people and refused to grant him another entry permit.
This small presentation (one showcase 6 x 2 meters, 18 objects) is a collaboration with the Bruno Manser Fonds and the Museum der Kulturen Basel.




The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
Public Enemy – Bruno Manser and the Rainforest

Superman – Friedrich Nietzsche and the Consequences

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This exhibition in honour of the 175th anniversary of his birth and the 150th anniversary of his appointment to the Chair of Classical Philology at Basel University will offer visitors an insight into the turbulent life and ground-breaking ideas of the most influential and most radical philosopher of modernity. The repercussions of his thinking on philosophy, science and pop culture can be felt to this day, as this exhibition will demonstrate.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/E
Superman – Friedrich Nietzsche and the Consequences
  • History
    History
  • Archaeology
    Archaeology

Location of the museum

Barfüsserplatz 7
4051 Basel

Location/directions

Barfüsserplatz 7, 4051 Basel. Tram 3, 6, 8, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, stop: Barfüsserplatz, Tram 6, 10, 16, 17, stop: Theater

Open

Tue–Sun 10 am–5 pm

Admission

CHF 15.–, reduced CHF 8.–*.
Combi-Ticket for Barfüsserkirche, Haus zum Kirschgarten and Musikmuseum: CHF 20.– / CHF 10.–*
*For young people under 20 and up to 30 if still in education or training.
Free Admission for children aged up to 13
Temporary exhibition "Übermensch": + CHF 5.–
For the exhibition "Gold & Glory" the admission fees of the Kunstmuseum Basel apply.

Contact

Historisches Museum Basel – Barfüsserkirche
Steinberg 4 Postfach
4001 Basel
061 205 86 00 Telephone (Historisches Museum Basel)
historisches.museum@bs.ch
http://www.barfuesserkirche.ch
  • Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
    Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
  • Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
    Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
  • Shop
    Shop
  • Very children and family-friendly
    Very children and family-friendly
  • Partially wheelchair accessible
    Partially wheelchair accessible
  • Very good accessibility with public transport
    Very good accessibility with public transport