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Historisches Museum Basel – Barfüsserkirche

The late Gothic church of the mendicant Franciscan Order (Barfüsserkirche) has housed parts of the collections of the Basel Historical Museum since 1894. It is also the main building of the museum, which with its three separate sites counts as the most important historical museum on the Upper Rhine. The main focus of the permanent exhibition installed there is Basel’s identity as a place where Swiss, French and German culture intersect. The highlights of the collection, which include the Cathedral Treasury, fragments of the Basel Dance of Death, late medieval tapestries and the Amerbach Cabinet, are among the city’s greatest attractions. The region’s rich archaeological heritage dating back to the time of the Celts is also presented. With its choice of themes and chapters, the Barfüsser Church enables visitors to time-travel through Basel’s eventful history while seeking additional information from the numerous multimedia stations provided en route.

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

Barfüsserkirche. Photo: HMB Andreas Niemz
Barfüsserkirche. Photo: HMB Andreas Niemz
Bust reliquary of St. Ursula. Photo: HMB Peter Portner
Bust reliquary of St. Ursula. Photo: HMB Peter Portner
The Great Cabinet of Curiosities. Photo: HMB Philipp Emmel
The Great Cabinet of Curiosities. Photo: HMB Philipp Emmel

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

Next exhibition(s)

Gold & Glory – Gifts for Eternity

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To celebrate the millennium of the consecration of Basel Cathedral in the presence of Emperor Henry II in the autumn of 1019 the Basel Historical Museum will be staging a special exhibition called “Gold & Glory – Gifts for Eternity” at the Kunstmuseum Basel.
This major show will unfurl a panoramic cultural history of the reign of the last Ottonian emperor viewed from multiple perspectives.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/E
Gold & Glory – Gifts for Eternity

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.–
Special rates for Special exhibitions

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