Basel

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Basel is well worth its nickname of “City of Museums”. Indeed, this mid-sized municipality in northern Switzerland can proudly claim to have one of the world’s highest inhabitant/museum ratios, and it is widely regarded as one of the capitals of contemporary art, architecture, and design in the Western hemisphere.

Maybe for of its peculiar position, in the precise point where three European countries – France, Switzerland, and Germany – meet, perhaps due to its historical mercantile and industrial heritage which shaped its citizens’ mentality, Basel has become a city open to modernity and the most diverse cultural influences from the rest of the planet.

Such a cosmopolitan character fully expresses in Basel’s museums, cultural venues, exhibitions, and art events: from the Vitra Campus‘ built architecture and design museum (which is at the same time officially located in Germany and very Basler), to the inspiring Schaulager contemporary art depot designed by Herzog & de Meuron, from the imposing Kunstmuseum to the Beyeler Foundation designed by Renzo Piano, from the Kunsthalle to the renowned Art Basel fair.

Banner image by Donald Ogg


museums in Basel

Fondation Beyeler

Fondation Beyeler

Riehen - Baselstrasse 101
closed: open daily
The Beyeler Foundation near Basel is one of the most renowned modern art museums in Switzerland, with a collection ranging from Degas to Bacon and beyond
Gegenwart – Museum of Contemporary Art – Basel

Gegenwart – Museum of Contemporary Art – Basel

Basel - St. Alban-Rheinweg 60
closed: Mondays
The Gegenwart, also known as Museum für Gegenwartskunst, is a separate branch of the Kunstmuseum Basel, exclusively dedicated to contemporary art
Kunsthalle Basel

Kunsthalle Basel

Basel - Steinenberg 7
closed: Mondays, and from Christmas to New Year's day
Founded in 1872, the Kunsthalle Basel is a leading center and exhibition venue in Basel, Switzerland, focused on modern and contemporary art
Kunstmuseum Basel

Kunstmuseum Basel

Basel - St. Alban-Graben 16
closed: Mondays
With an collection spanning over 700 years, the Kunstmuseum Basel is the oldest museum in Switzerland and one of the leading cultural institutions in Europe
Museum der Kulturen – Basel

Museum der Kulturen – Basel

Basel - Münsterplatz, 20
closed: Mondays
The Museum der Kulturen (Museum of Cultures) in Basel is one of the most important ethnographic museums in Europe, with an expansion by Herzog & de Meuron
Museum Tinguely, Basel

Museum Tinguely, Basel

Basel - Paul Sacher-Anlage, 2
closed: Mondays
The Museum Tinguely is a museum in Basel, designed by architect Mario Botta, dedicated to Swiss artist Jean Tinguely, famous for his mechanical sculptures
Schaulager art center, Basel

Schaulager art center, Basel

Münchenstein - Ruchfeldstrasse, 19
closed: open by appointment, and for special exhibitions
The Schaulager is a world-famous modern and contemporary art center near Basel, Switzerland, whose iconic building was designed by Herzog & de Meuron
Swiss Architecture Museum – Basel

Swiss Architecture Museum – Basel

Basel - Steinenberg 7
closed: Mondays
The Swiss Architecture Museum (German: Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum) is a non-collecting museum in Basel focused on modern & contemporary architecture
Vitra Design Museum | Weil am Rhein

Vitra Design Museum | Weil am Rhein

Weil am Rhein - Charles-Eames-Str. 2
closed: none
The Vitra Design Museum is a museum dedicated to industrial design and architecture located in Germany at short distance from the Swiss city of Basel.

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Vitra Schaudepot – Herzog & de Meuron

Vitra Schaudepot – Herzog & de Meuron

The Vitra Schaudepot is a new exhibition venue, dedicated to the history of design, conceived by Herzog & de Meuron in the famous Vitra Campus near Basel

Weil am Rhein | the architecture of the Vitra Campus

Weil am Rhein | the architecture of the Vitra Campus

The Vitra Campus is not simply a corporate museum but actually a unique collection of contemporary architecture, by some of the most important architects

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Basel | Frozen Time exhibition by DGT

Basel | Frozen Time exhibition by DGT

Frozen time is an installation realised bt DGT Architects for the Japanese watchmaker CITIZEN at BaselWord, the largest jewellery exposition in the world

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