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Klavier mit zwei Gemälden im Hintergrund.
Digital Exhibition

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Virtueller Rundgang des Musikmuseums in 3D

Today: Closed

Permanent exhibition

3D-Rundgang im Musikmuseum
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

May Day 2021

01 May 2021: Closed

Ascension Day 2021

13 May 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Whitsun 2021

23 May 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

24 May 2021: 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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Musikmuseum Tasteninstrumente
Guided Tour

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Wenn historische Musikinstrumente lebendig werden. Mit Studierenden der Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

21 April 2021 | 12.30 PM - 1.30 PM

Lauschen Sie einem bunten Repertoire zur Mittagszeit, wenn Studierende der Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Fortepianoklasse von Edoardo Torbianelli, unsere historischen Instrumente zum Klingen bringen.
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Musikmuseum Tasteninstrumente
Guided Tour

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Extinct in the wild – A Musical Safari of Lost Instruments

25 April 2021 | 3.00 PM - 4.00 PM

Join us on a journey to some of the rare «extinct» instruments of the Musikmuseum

Throughout history, mankind has invented instruments of a huge variety to express themselves musically beyond merely using their voices. Just as other inventions like stagecoaches or ...
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Musikmuseum Tasteninstrumente
Guided Tour Children

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Alle Vögel sind schon da – Im Musikmuseum zwitschern die Vögel

02 May 2021 | 11.15 AM - 12.15 PM

Familienführung zu Vogelgezwitscher, Flötenklängen und Frühlingsliedern.

Bei diesem Rundgang durchs Musikmuseum leiten uns versteckte Vogelnestchen hin zu besonders schönen, kostbaren Musikinstrumenten der schweizweit einzigartigen Sammlung historischer ...
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Musikmuseum Tasteninstrumente
Guided Tour

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Zupfen, Pfeifen, Hämmern – Die bunte Welt der Tasteninstrumente

16 May 2021 | 3.00 PM - 4.00 PM

Bei dieser Führung gibt es die Tasteninstrumente des Musikmuseums nicht nur zu sehen, sondern auch zu hören. Lauschen Sie den zarten Klängen der Cembali, den sanften Tönen eines Clavichords, den glasklaren Melodien früher Klaviere und machen Sie sich dabei auf so manche ...
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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 ...
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