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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

With over 3,300 objects to its name, the Historisches Museum Basel is in possession of Switzerland’s largest collection of musical instruments. The ca. 650 European instruments spread over three floors span five centuries of music history from the oldest drum dating from 1571 and a highly ornate viola da gamba by Joachim Tielke (ca. 1704) to the Weber Unika Orchestrion of 1925. The 24 cells of the former prison serve as showcases in which visitors can admire instruments while calling up countless samples and additional information on an interactive screen. While touring the museum you will therefore hear all sorts of music, from the familiar to the bizarre.

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

Photo: Historisches Museum Basel, Andreas Niemz
Photo: Historisches Museum Basel, Andreas Niemz
Photo: Historisches Museum Basel, Natascha Jansen
Photo: Historisches Museum Basel, Natascha Jansen
Photo: Historisches Museum Basel, Peter Portner
Photo: Historisches Museum Basel, Peter Portner

Current exhibitions

animalistic! – The Sound of Animals

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This is an exhibition about the many different ways in which animals and music are connected. It asks such basic questions as: Are animals musical? Do whales and birds really sing? And how can we tell whether animals are «enjoying» music?

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/E
animalistic! – The Sound of Animals
  • 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.–*.
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

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