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Klavier mit zwei Gemälden im Hintergrund.
Digital Exhibition

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Virtueller Rundgang des Musikmuseums in 3D

Today: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Permanent exhibition

3D-Rundgang im Musikmuseum
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 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

Schätze im Musikmuseum

15 August 2021 | 3.00 PM - 4.00 PM

Ursprünglich für wohlhabende Auftraggeber zeitaufwändig gebaut und verziert, können heute wunderschöne und kostbarste Musikinstrumente in Museen von allen bestaunt werden. Bei der heutigen Führung stehen Einzelstücke, erschaffen in längst vergangener Zeit, im Fokus. Neben ...
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