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Guided Tour

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Von A wie Amerbach bis Z wie Zink und musikalische Zeichen

06 July 2019 | 3.00 PM

Eine Führung durch die neue Ausstellung «Klangbilder – Basler Musikalien des 16. Jahrhunderts»

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

May Day 2020

01 May 2020: 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 Kesselpauke

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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Guided Tour

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Once upon the Rhine - Sound pictures of Basel

26 January 2020 | 3.00 PM - 4.00 PM

… there was a city named Basel, where well-known figures such as Bonifacius Amerbach, Felix Platter or Ludwig Iselin collected, wrote and performed music. The Musikmuseum Basel presents instruments, illustrations and scores of the Renaissance in collaboration with the ...
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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

mittwoch-matinee: Klangbilder – Als die Noten laufen lernten ...

29 January 2020 | 10.00 AM - 12.00 PM

Einzigartige Drucke und Handschriften erzählen vom Basler Musikleben der Renaissance. Basel war im 16. Jahrhundert ein «Melting Pot». Die Humanistenstadt als Ort des Buchdrucks war ein Anziehungspunkt für Gelehrte und bildete ein europäisches kulturelles Zentrum. Musik nahm ...
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