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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

The historic Lohnhof now houses Switzerland’s largest collection of musical instruments also known as the Museum of Music. The exhibition features some 650 instruments from five centuries of music-making spread over three storeys. The 24 cells of the former prison serve as exhibition cabinets in which visitors can use an interactive on-screen program to choose from more than 200 music samples and obtain further information. The presentation is structured according to the overriding themes of European music history and so places each exhibit in its larger musical and social context.

This museum greets you in the following languages: D/F/E
Opening 2000

Photo: Andreas Niemz
Photo: Andreas Niemz
Photo: HMB Natascha Jansen
Photo: HMB Natascha Jansen
Photo: HMB Peter Portner
Photo: HMB Peter Portner

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Sound Pictures – Musical Treasures from 16th-Century Basel

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They sang Parisian chansons, played Polish lute music or collected musical instruments: for Basel’s Renaissance burghers. Music was essential to the cultural life of the city.
The exhibition is a co-production with the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (FHNW), the Musikwissenschaftliche Seminar of the University of Basel, and Basel University Library.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
Sound Pictures – Musical Treasures from 16th-Century Basel
  • Thematic cultural asset
    Thematic cultural asset
  • History
    History

Location of the museum

Im Lohnhof 9
4051 Basel

Location/directions

Im Lohnhof 9, 4051 Basel, tram 3, stop Musik-Akademie

Open

Wed–Sun 11 am–5 pm

Admission

CHF 10.–, reduced CHF 5.–

Contact

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum
Steinenberg 4 Postfach
4001 Basel
061 205 86 00 Telephone (Historisches Museum Basel)
historisches.museum@bs.ch
http://www.musikmuseum.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.
  • Museumslupe: the museum has an entry in the Museumslupe, the digital children's guide for art and culture.
    Museumslupe: the museum has an entry in the Museumslupe, the digital children's guide for art and culture.
  • Shop
    Shop
  • Extremely children and family-friendly
    Extremely children and family-friendly
  • Partially wheelchair accessible
    Partially wheelchair accessible
  • Very good accessibility with public transport
    Very good accessibility with public transport