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Musikmuseum Tasteninstrumente

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Orgelklänge auf alten Musikinstrumenten. Das Musikmuseum erklingt

20 May 2021 | 12.30 PM - 1.30 PM

Studierende der Schola Cantorum Basiliensis der Orgelklassen von Prof. Wolfgang Zerer und Prof. Tobias Lindner bringen frischen Wind in alte Blasebälge unserer Instrumente. Lauschen Sie zur Mittagszeit einem bunten Repertoire auf dem Menegoni-Cembalo (Venedig, 1696), dem Humpel-Regal (Wilten bei Innsbruck,1691) und dem Orgel-Positiv «ab Yberg» (Süddeutschland (?), ca 1590).

© 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

Swiss National Holiday 2021

01 August 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Christmas/New Year 2021/2022

24 December 2021: Closed

25 December 2021: Closed

26 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

27 December 2021: Closed

28 December 2021: Closed

29 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

30 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

31 December 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

01 January 2022: Closed


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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Blick in einen Raum mit Tasteninstrumenten
Guided Tour

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Keyboard instruments

23 June 2021 | 12.30 PM - 1.30 PM

Keyboard instruments are probably the most versatile instruments of all. Organs in churches, harpsichords in orchestras, concert pianos and keyboards in pop bands show the variety in stiles and genres. The earliest virginal in the Musikmuseum Basel dates back to 1572, the ...
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Blick in einen Raum mit Tasteninstrumenten
Guided Tour

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

A Musical Horoscope – Tracing star signs in the Musikmuseum

18 July 2021 | 3.00 PM - 4.00 PM

Astronomy, stars and planets are things that were and are of interest for scientists and artists since the beginning of time. We can even find different interpretations of astronomical phenomena in music and depicted on musical instruments. In this guided tour we will trace ...
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