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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 340,000 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 auf die Station Souvenirs in der Ausstellung «Memory»
Blick auf die Station Souvenirs in der Ausstellung «Memory»
Buddhas in der Ausstellung «Erleuchtet»
Buddhas in der Ausstellung «Erleuchtet»

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an overview of Basel Fasnacht (carnival) in historic and atmospheric rooms: Costumes, masks, musical instruments, historical documents and a reproduction of a typical “carnival”.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

Memory – Moments of Remembering and Forgetting

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Remembering and forgetting are ever-present features of life. The exhibition playfully reveals the manifold practices people rely on to recall specific moments in life, from birth to death, but also to forget about them. War and peace, colonialism and independence: the exhibits on display show similarities and differences in how significant events in society are passed on by word of mouth, carved in stone, or, as the case may be, never disclosed.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
Memory – Moments of Remembering and Forgetting

Enlightened – The Realm of the Buddhas

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From meditation retreats to living rooms to garden ponds – Buddhas are everywhere! What do we find so fascinating about this figure? What forms do Buddhist teachings and practices embrace? The exhibition follows up these and other questions and sheds light on Buddhism in all its complexity and polyphony.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
Enlightened – The Realm of the Buddhas

Making the World. Lived Worlds.

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The Museum der Kulturen Basel and the Kunstmuseum Basel jointly explore the theme “the human making of the world”. Exhibits from both museums enter into a dialogue with each other, with the Museum der Kulturen Basel focusing on how humans and their environment are intertwined.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
Making the World. Lived Worlds.
  • 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

Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m.-5.00 p.m.
Monday: closed
Every first Wednesday of the month:
10 a.m.-8 p.m.

The exhibition «Basel Carnival» is open:
Thursday to Saturday 13-17 h
Sunday 11-17 h

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