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

Current exhibitions

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.–*.
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