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

Maybe because of its peculiar position, in the precise spot where three European countries – France, Switzerland, and Germany – merge, perhaps due to its historically being a city of mercantile and industrial business and mentality, Basel has become a city wide open to modernity and to the most diverse influences from the rest of the planet.

A character which Basel’s museums, cultural venues, exhibitions, and creative events clearly express: from the Vitra‘s 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 by Piano, from the Kunsthalle to the renowned Art Basel fair, and much more…

Banner image by Donald Ogg

museums in Basel

Fondation Beyeler

Fondation Beyeler

Riehen - Baselstrasse 101
closed on: open 365 days a year
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 on: 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 on: 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 on: 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 on: 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 on: 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

Schaulager

Münchenstein - Ruchfeldstrasse, 19
closed on: Variable, see the museum website
The Schaulager near Basel is a rather unconventional art and cultural institution, housed in an iconic building designed by Herzog and the Meuron architects
Swiss Architecture Museum – Basel

Swiss Architecture Museum – Basel

Basel - Steinenberg 7
closed on: 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 on: 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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in-depth articles: museums in Basel

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
Basel | A Cave of Wonders: The Schaulager

Basel | A Cave of Wonders: The Schaulager

The Schaulager designed by Herzog & de Meuron architects is, along with a new kind of art warehouse, one of the most fascinating art centers in the world
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

archive of exhibitions, news, and events in Basel

Basel | The multifaceted work of Dubuffet at Beyeler Foundation

Basel | The multifaceted work of Dubuffet at Beyeler Foundation

“Jean Dubuffet – Metamorphosen der Landschaft” (Metamorphoses of Landscape) is the exhibition dedicated to Jean Dubuffet at the Beyeler Foundation in Basel
Basel | Future Present exhibition at the Schaulager

Basel | Future Present exhibition at the Schaulager

The exhibition Future Present, open at the Schaulager in Basel from 13 June, 2015 to 31 January, 2016, is an exceptional event for at least two reasons
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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