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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Guided Tour: Extinct in the wild – a Musical Safari of Lost Instruments

19 May 2019 | 3.00 PM

Throughout history, mankind has invented instruments of a huge variety to express themselves musically beyond merely using their voices. Just as other inventions were somewhat abandoned during our journey through the ages, similarly instruments went out of style.

With Eva-Maria Hamberger

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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

Ascension Day

30 May 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Whitsun

09 June 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

10 June 2019: Closed


Art Basel

09 June 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

10 June 2019: Closed

11 June 2019: Closed

12 June 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

13 June 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

14 June 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

15 June 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

16 June 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Swiss National Holiday

01 August 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Christmas / New Year

23 December 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

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


May Day

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

CHF 10.-
*Reduced: CHF 5.-
Children aged 13 and under are admitted free
Combi-ticket: CHF 20.-, *reduced CHF 10.-
(for Barfüsserkirche, Musikmuseum, Haus zum Kirschgarten)
Special rates apply for exhibitions
Group rate (from 10 people): CHF 8.-

*Applies to people under 20 and/or up to 30 if still in education or training

colourkey Free admission

Museen-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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