Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel

Steinenberg 7, Basel
Basel, Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0)61 261 14 13
closed on: Mondays
Museum Type: Architecture / Urbanism

The Swiss Architecture Museum (German: Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum), also known as S AM, is a non-collecting museum in Basel dedicated to architecture.

The museum was founded in 1984 as a cultural center focused on classic modernist and contemporary architecture with special attention to Switzerland.
The institution was housed in the Domus Haus building, designed in 1958 by architects Max Rasser and Tibère Vadi, before relocating to the premises of the Kunsthalle Basel in 2003.

The museum’s mission is to disseminate knowledge of contemporary architecture both to professionals and to a broad public.
The centerpiece of the Swiss Architecture Museum is its program of temporary exhibitions, typically 4 a year, which in the last decades included thematic exhibitions and retrospectives of both Swiss and international architects, such as Herzog & de Meuron, Rafael Moneo, Frank O. Gehry, and Rem Koolhaas, among many others.

Along with exhibitions, the center’s activities include guided tours, debates, talks, workshops, conferences, film screenings, and special events.


Exhibition “Spatial Positions 5. The Land Workshop”, 2013, installation view, photos courtesy of Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel



Exhibition “Spatial Positions 11. This was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953-1978”, 2016, installation views, photos courtesy of Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel

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