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S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum

S AM is the leading institution devoted to public exhibitions and outreach programs about modern and contemporary architecture in Switzerland. It is a platform anchored in entire Switzerland, whose audience and influence are also international. S AM focuses on present and future issues concerning the field of architecture and related disciplines. Through coherent presentations, documentation and reflexion about architecture and its social relevance, the main goal of S AM is to support architecture as a leading topic of professional and public concern. In achieving this aim, the museum represents an independent position within the broad spectrum of Swiss building culture on the one hand and maintains an outlook exploring global changes and developments on the other hand. S AM also wants to establish a broad and critical discussion about future design tasks, challenges and values. The exhibitions are intended for both a professional as well as a broad public interested in architecture.

This museum greets you in the following languages: D/E
Opening 1984

S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum
S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum

Current exhibitions

Swim City

"Swim City" draws attention, for the first time, to one particular contemporary phenomenon in the urban space: river swimming as a mass movement. For cities like Paris, Berlin, London and New York, this 21st-century Swiss invention is an example of how to reclaim river areas as a spatial resource.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/E
Swim City

Next exhibition(s)

Under the Radar



The "architecture" of territory is largely designed without architects. Nevertheless, or precisely for this reason, architects today are increasingly investigating the processes that shape these territorial spaces. "Under the Radar" presents various examples of international research on this topic.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/E
Under the Radar
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Location of the museum

Steinenberg 7
4051 Basel


Das S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum befindet sich am Steinenberg 7, 4051 Basel, in unmittelbarer Nähe zu den Tramstationen Bankverein und Barfüsserplatz sowie dem Tinguely-Brunnen.


Di, Mi, Fr 11-18 Uhr
Do 11-20.30 Uhr
Sa/So 11-17 Uhr


Erwachsene: 12.-
Reduziert: 8.- (AHV/IV, Studenten, Lehrlinge mit Ausweis)
Kinder und Jugendliche bis 18 Jahre: gratis
Für Behinderte sowie deren Begleitperson ist der Eintritt gratis.


S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum
Steinenberg 7 Postfach 911
4051 Basel
061 261 14 13 Telephone
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  • 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