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Museum der Kulturen Basel

The Museum der Kulturen Basel is one of the leading ethnographic museums in Europe. It’s world-renowned collection numbers more than 320,000 objects and about 50’000 historic pictures. In order to regularly display and reposition collection pieces, the Museum organizes, in addition to its two permanent exhibitions, a number of special exhibitions each year with a focus on current as well as more general topics that shed light on the variety and diversity of cultural manifestations across the world. Visitors thus get to see the world with different eyes.

This museum greets you in the following languages: D/F/E
Opening 1893

Das Haupthaus mit malerischem Innenhof
Das Haupthaus mit malerischem Innenhof
Blick in die Dauerausstellung «StrohGold»
Blick in die Dauerausstellung «StrohGold»
Grosses in der Dauerausstellung «GROSS»
Grosses in der Dauerausstellung «GROSS»

Current exhibitions

The carnival of Basel

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Basel Fasnacht (carnival) is a large festival of sounds and dreams, of colour and fantasy, but also of criticism and mockery. It has been evolving over the last 100 years.The exhibition provides an overview of Basel Fasnacht (carnival) in historic and atmospheric rooms: Costumes, masks, musical instruments, historical documents and a reproduction of a typical “carnival”.

A cooperation between the Museum der Kulturen Basel and the association “Basler Fasnachts-Welt”


The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/E
The carnival of Basel

StrawGold

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Why is a Bavarian dirndl tailored from African waxprint cloths? The exhibition titled StrawGold focuses on cultural appropriation and transformation processes. Items of everyday use, technologies, materials, political ideas as well as religious beliefs spread not only across regions, but across the entire world. In their new settings they are gradually absorbed and creatively woven into new cultural contexts

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
StrawGold

BIG

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Big is great! Big things impress us and evoke awe. But what is so fascinating about size? Does big mean the same thing across the world or are there cultural differences? Who sets the measures, how are height, length and width defined? We take a close look at big things and their meanings. Come and judge for yourself. Cultural dimensions of size in focus – the exhibition BIG – Things Interpretations Dimensions.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
BIG

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania

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Museums face challenging times: what seemed a must for an ethnographic museum in the past – such as a collection of skulls – is now a sensitive issue. In collecting, objects were removed from their original contexts, items made of rare and precious materials such as ivory or gold aroused desires, and exotic weapons were acquired by the score. The exhibition explores the motives for this former collecting mania and poses questions as to the appropriate handling of sensitive objects today.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
  • Folklore and ethnology
    Folklore and ethnology
  • Thematic cultural asset
    Thematic cultural asset

Location of the museum

Münsterplatz 20
4051 Basel

Location/directions

Münsterplatz 20, 4051 Basel By public transport: Take tram No. 2 (from ‘Bahnhof SBB’ or ‘Badischer Bahnhof’) to the ‘Kunstmuseum’ stop, then walk along Rittergasse and across Münsterplatz to the museum entrance at Münsterplatz 20. By car: Take the motorway exit marked ‘Basel City’ or ‘Badischer Bahnhof’. Please follow the parking guidance system and use the multi-story car parks in the centre of Basel. There are no parking facilities at the museum.

Open

Tue to Sun: 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Mon: closed
Every first Wed of the month:
10.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.

Admission

Adults from age 20 CHF 16.00
Groups of 10 or more CHF 11.00
Young people under the age of 20 CHF 5.00
Trainees under the age of 30 with proof of eligibility CHF 5.00

Contact

Museum der Kulturen Basel
Münsterplatz 20 Postfach
4001 Basel
061 266 56 00 Telephone
061 266 56 05 Fax
info@mkb.ch
http://www.mkb.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.
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Shop
    Shop
  • Children and family-friendly
    Children and family-friendly
  • Completely wheelchair accessible
    Completely wheelchair accessible
  • Very good accessibility with public transport
    Very good accessibility with public transport