About the institution

The Museum der Kulturen is the largest ethnological museum in Switzerland and holds one the most significant collections in Europe on life in European and non-European cultures. The museum presents its exhibits in a way that invites viewers to self-reflection in an encounter with the Other and otherness. Thus it offers new views and insights, inspiration, and food for thought.

Cultural Dialogue
Thursday 13.30 - 17.00
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 -17.00

With "cultural dialogue / dialogue culture" the Museum offers an interesting exchange format. Specially trained cultural mediators enter into a dialogue with the visitors. Discussions on ethnological and socially relevant issues will open to visitors new perspectives on the museum as well as on the content of the exhibition.

Basel Carnival. Colours, masks, sounds
Vocatively displayed in authentic historic rooms, this exhibition presents a cross-section of Basel Fasnacht Carnival. Opening Hours:
Thu - Sat 13.00 - 17.00
Sun 11.00 - 17.00




Münsterplatz 20 | 4001 Basel
T +41 (0)61 266 56 00 | Fax +41 (0)61 266 56 05

tram 6/8/11/14/15/16, bus 31/33/34/36/38 > Schifflände, tram 2/15 > Kunstmuseum
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Disabled visitors

Wheelchair accessible - The museum is wheelchair accessible except for the Carnival exhibition


Shop, Museumsbistro Rollerhof


Admission charges: Museum

Adults from age 20: CHF 16.00

Young people under the age of 20: CHF 5.00

Trainees under the age of 30

with proof of eligibility: CHF 5.00

Children under the age of 13: free

Disabled visitors with ID: CHF 11.-

Members of the Cultural Circle and ICOM/VMS: free

The entry charges can be paid in Euro
Happy Day: 1st Sun in the month free admission
Happy Hour: Tue - Sat 16 - 17 h free admission

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

Opening hours

Tue - Sun 10 - 17 h
Every first Wed of the month: 10 - 20 h

Opening Hours Exhibition The Basel Carnival
Thu - Sat 13 - 17 h
Sun 11 - 17 h

Special opening hours

Christmas/New Year
24.12.2015: closed
25.12.2015: 10 - 17 h
26.12.2015: 10 - 17 h
31.12.2015: closed
01.01.2016: 10 - 17 h

15.02.2016: closed
16.02.2016: closed
17.02.2016: closed

The new Museum der Kulturen with a beautiful rooftop of irregular folds, designed by Herzog & de Meuron
The new Museum der Kulturen with a beautiful rooftop of irregular folds, designed by Herzog & de Meuron