HMB - Museum für Geschichte

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About the institution

The Historisches Museum Basel is housed in three separate buildings and ranks among the most important museums of cultural history on the Upper Rhine. It probes the past, illuminates the present and thinks the future.

The permanent exhibition spotlights Basel's historic identity at the crossroads between three cultures: Swiss, German and French. Several hundred historical accounts and art works trace aspects of the city's history over the last thousand years. Among the highlights are fragments of the Basler Totentanz (Dance of Death) and the Basel Cathedral treasure. The tapestries from Basel illustrate both medieval fantasy worlds and scenes of everyday life. The Renaissance and Baroque collections feature the "Kunstkammer” or collection of curiosities as a world model, while another section is devoted to the region's rich archaeological heritage.

The other houses:
Switzerland's largest collection of musical instruments
HMB - Museum für Musik
The magnificent HMB - Museum für Wohnkultur House (museum of domestic life)



Barfüsserplatz | Post: Steinenberg 4 | 4051 Basel
T +41 (0)61 205 86 00 | Fax +41 (0)61 205 86 01

tram 3/6/8/11/14/16 > Barfüsserplatz, tram 10 > Theater

Disabled visitors

Wheelchair accessible - partly accessible


Shop; cafeteria


CHF 12.-/5.-
Group rate (from 10 people): CHF 7.-
Children aged 13 and under are admitted free
Special rates apply for exhibitions
Happy Day: 1st Sun in the month free Admission (except special exhibitions)
Happy Hour: permanent Exhibition Tue-Sat: last hour, Admission free

Museums-Pass Free admission
Swiss Museum Pass Free admission
colourkey Free admission

Opening hours

Tue - Sun 10 - 17 h

Special opening hours

Christmas/New Year
24.12.2017: closed
25.12.2017: closed
26.12.2017: 10 - 17 h
31.12.2017: 10 - 17 h
01.01.2018: closed

19.02.2018: closed
20.02.2018: closed
21.02.2018: closed

30.03.2018: closed
31.03.2018: 10 - 17 h
01.04.2018: 10 - 17 h
02.04.2018: closed