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Geschmückter Weihnachtsbaum im Haus zum Kirschgarten
Guided Tour

Historisches Museum Basel – Haus zum Kirschgarten

Christmas in Basel – A tradition begins. Christmas magic at the Haus zum Kirschgarten

11 December 2019 | 12.30 PM - 1.30 PM

Every December, the same things happen. The christmas tree becomes the centre of family life, we bake christmas cookies, make music together, and exchange presents. Why? We will find some answers to this question as we explore the beautifully decorated city palace.

Adventszeit im Haus zum Kirschgarten. © Historisches Museum Basel

Historisches Museum Basel – Haus zum Kirschgarten

Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu Closed  |  We 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Th 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Fr 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Sa 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Su 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


The Basel Historical Museum with its three sites is widely regarded as the most important museum of cultural history on the Upper Rhine. It collects, conserves, records and researches objects and artefacts of relevance to our cultural heritage for future generations, tells visitors the story of Basel, and is a place for discourse and engagement with both present and future.

The Haus zum Kirschgarten was built for the silk ribbon manufacturer and army colonel Johann Rudolf Burckhardt between 1775 and 1780. The mansion designed by the architect Johann Ulrich Büchel attests to his client’s wealth and status and is a tour de force of early Neoclassical style, influenced in part by Masonic concepts. It has been a museum of domestic culture since 1951. Most of the interior is devoted to the 18th- and 19th-century period rooms formerly inhabited by Basel’s bourgeoisie. But the museum also houses several special collections and hosts mini-exhibitions, such as that on Sheikh Ibrahim.


CHF 10.- / CHF 5.-*

Combi-ticket: CHF 20.- / CHF 10.-* (for Barfüsserkirche, Musikmuseum, Haus zum Kirschgarten)
*For young people under 20 and up to 30 if still in education or training.

Group rate (from 10 people): CHF 8.-

Free admission for children aged up to 13

Happy Day: 1st Sunday of the month free admission
Happy Hour: Free admission for the last hour of the day (except Sundays and holidays)

Special exhibitions are subject to special rates and conditions.

colourkey Free admission

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Swiss Museum Pass Free admission


tram 1/2 > Kirschgarten
Haus zum Kirschgarten Vestibül

Historisches Museum Basel – Haus zum Kirschgarten

The magnificent Kirschgarten House

Permanent exhibition

The magnificent Kirschgarten House - built between 1775 and 1780 as the home and office of a Basle silk ribbon manufacturer - is one of Switzerland's principal museums of domestic life. Laid out on two floors, period rooms depict life during the eighteenth and nineteenth ...
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Haus zum Kirschgarten Vestibül
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Historisches Museum Basel – Haus zum Kirschgarten

Safari im Stadtpalais - Was zwitschert, brüllt, kräht und wiehert denn da?

01 November 2020 | 3.00 PM - 4.00 PM

Ein tierischer Pirschgang führt uns vom Keller bis unters Dach.

Um Löwen, Kamele und Elefanten zu sehen, muss man nicht weit reisen. Komm mit auf Safari ins Haus zum Kirschgarten! Tiere sind beliebte Motive für allerlei Gegenstände und Verzierungen. Zusammen erkunden ...
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Historisches Museum Basel – Haus zum Kirschgarten

Wild Boar and Lettuce

08 June 2018 - 31 December 2021

Among the great treasures of porcelain art are the animal-shaped tureens and deceptively real-looking plates of olives or lettuce made by the Strasbourg manufactories. This new show will present these exquisite pieces in the larger context of the dining culture of that era.
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Historisches Museum Basel – Haus zum Kirschgarten

Strassburger Fayencen - Tafelkultur und Augenschmaus im 18. Jahrhundert

04 November 2020 | 12.30 PM - 1.30 PM

In der erweiterten Ausstellung «Wildsau und Kopfsalat» werden neben Erläuterungen zu Hauptwerken der Keramikkunst auch Informationen zu Tafelkultur, Rezepten und Essgewohnheiten im 18. Jahrhundert gegeben.

Die Teilnehmerzahl ist auf 20 Personen beschränkt.
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