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Exhibition
Musikmuseum Tasteninstrumente
Exhibition

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Switzerland's largest collection of musical instruments

Today: Closed

from 01 December 2000

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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Musikmuseum Aussenansicht

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 2022

01 August 2022: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Christmas/New Year 2022/2023

24 December 2022: Closed

25 December 2022: Closed

26 December 2022: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

27 December 2022: Closed

28 December 2022: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

29 December 2022: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

30 December 2022: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

31 December 2022: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

01 January 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


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

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
Exhibition
Musikmuseum Tasteninstrumente
Exhibition

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Switzerland's largest collection of musical instruments

from 01 December 2000

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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Bubble bird whistle
Exhibition

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

animalistic! – The Sound of Animals

22 October 2021 - 25 June 2023

Animals and music delight children and adults alike. But why does the nightingale sing, but the wolf howls? And how do the cow get on the drum and the elephant into the piano? You can find out in the exhibition.
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Bubble bird whistle
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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Wale, Fische, Muscheln – Rundgang durch «tierisch!»

17 July 2022 | 11.00 AM - 12.00 PM

Walgesänge sind bekannt aus Disneyfilmen und von Dokumentationen über das Leben im Meer.

Doch was hat ein Wal im Cembalo zu suchen? Wie kommt der Ozean in die Muschelschale? Und kann ein Goldfisch im Aquarium singen? Diesen und noch vielen anderen musikalischen ...
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