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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Switzerland's largest collection of musical instruments

Permanent exhibition

Musical instruments from five centuries are shown in both their musical and social contexts and grouped according to musical genres or to occasions on which specific instruments were played. Visitors can also hear how the instruments sound and are given additional information electronically via a screen.


© Historisches Museum Basel, Foto: Peter Portner
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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

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

Swiss National Holiday 2019

01 August 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Christmas / New Year 2019/2020

23 December 2019: Closed

24 December 2019: Closed

25 December 2019: Closed

26 December 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

27 December 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

28 December 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

29 December 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

30 December 2019: Closed

31 December 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

01 January 2020: Closed

02 January 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

03 January 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

04 January 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

05 January 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Basel Museums Night 2020

17 January 2020: 6.00 PM - 12.00 AM

18 January 2020: 12.00 AM - 2.00 AM


May Day 2020

01 May 2020: Closed


Institution

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.

With over 3,300 objects to its name, the Basel Historical Museum is in possession of Switzerland’s largest collection of musical instruments. The ca. 650 European instruments, spread over three floors, span five centuries of music history from the oldest drum dating from 1571 and a highly ornate viola da gamba by Joachim Tielke (ca. 1704) to the Weber Unika Orchestrion of 1925. The 24 cells of the former prison serve as showcases in which visitors can admire instruments while calling up countless samples and additional information on an interactive screen. While touring the museum you will therefore hear all sorts of music, from the familiar to the bizarre.

Admission

Admission:
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

Access

tram 3 > Musik-Akademie
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Musikmuseum Kesselpauke
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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Switzerland's largest collection of musical instruments

Permanent exhibition

Musical instruments from five centuries are shown in both their musical and social contexts and grouped according to musical genres or to occasions on which specific instruments were played. Visitors can also hear how the instruments sound and are given additional information ...
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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Sound Pictures

24 May 2019 - 02 February 2020

They sang Parisian chansons, played Polish lute music or collected musical instruments: for Basel’s Renaissance burghers, polymaths like Bonifacius and Basilius Amerbach, Felix Platter and Ludwig Iselin, music was essential to the cultural life of the city. This is the story ...
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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Eröffnung der Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference 2019

03 July 2019 | 7.00 PM

Vom 3. bis 6. Juli 2019 findet in Basel die 47. Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference 2019 statt, organisiert von der Schola Cantorum Basiliensis / FHNW in Zusammenarbeit mit der Basler Ortsgruppe der Schweizerischen Musikforschenden Gesellschaft sowie in Verbindung mit ...
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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Roundtable: «Der Castalische Brunnen» im Rahmen der Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference 2019

05 July 2019 | 1.00 PM - 5.00 PM

Zwei inhaltlich praktisch identische, sehr grosse Gemälde von unbekannten süddeutschen Künstlern aus dem frühen 16. Jahrhundert, die im Basler Musikmuseum und in Privatbesitz in Herrliberg (Zürich) aufbewahrt werden, folgen demselben sorgfältig entworfenen Plan: um den ...
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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Führung für Blinde und Sehbeeinträchtigte: Klangbilder - Basler Musikalien des 16. Jahrhunderts

14 July 2019 | 11.00 AM

Vor 500 Jahren drang Musik in den Alltag des Basler Bürgertums. Bonifacius Amerbach beschäftigt sich mit Musiktheorie, Felix Platter spielt Harfe und verschiedene Autoren schreiben Kompositionen für Orgel, Blockflöte oder Laute. Dabei vollzog sich ein Wandel von der ...
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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Open air Konzert: Summer dreams im Rahmen des Music Festivals «Stars at the Rhine» im Innenhof des Musikmuseums

21 June 2019 | 7.30 PM - 9.00 PM

Kompositionen von Hugo Wolf (1860 – 1903), Gerald Finzi (1901 – 1956), Andrea Scartazzini (1971) und Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Mit Michael Leibundgut (Bass), Catherine Sarasin (Klavier), Dzeraldas Bidva (Violine), Sherniyaz Mussakhan (Violine), Jana ...
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