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Musikmuseum Tasteninstrumente

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Konzert: Unsere alten Instrumente erklingen – Studierende der Schola Cantorum Basiliensis spielen auf unseren Hammerflügeln

16 June 2022 | 12.30 PM - 1.30 PM

© Historisches Museum Basel, Foto: Peter Portner
Musikmuseum Aussenansicht

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

OpenClosed | 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Im Lohnhof 9,  4051  Basel

Foto: Andreas Niemz

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

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


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.


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 3 > Musik-Akademie
Musikmuseum Tasteninstrumente

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

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
Guided Tour

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

tierisch! – Der Klang der Tiere. Persönliche Highlights

17 August 2022 | 12.30 PM - 1.15 PM

Sind Tiere musikalisch? Was haben Tiere eigentlich mit Instrumenten zu tun? Diesen Frage und viel mehr wird in einem spannenden Ausstellungs-Rundgang nachgegangen. Unterschiedliche Geschichten werden erzählt und die verschiedensten Exponate gezeigt. Die Kuratorin stellt jene ...
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Guided Tour

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

«Baaabettlii!!!!» – Ein Dienstmädchen der Familie Ryhiner-Leissler plaudert aus dem Nähkästchen

21 August 2022 | 11.00 AM - 11.45 AM

Living history über Basels Musikleben um 1750. Babette fällt unversehens aus ihrem (Bilder)Rahmen und damit aus dem Basel des 18. Jahrhunderts in die Gegenwart - und wenn sie schon einmal hier ist, kann sie ja gleich auch ein bisschen aus dem Nähkästchen plaudern: am liebsten ...
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