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You see the face and upper body of a golden Buddha with turquoise jewellery
Guided Tour

Museum der Kulturen Basel


31 January 2021 | 11.00 AM - 12.00 PM

Warum ist der Buddhismus so populär? Welche Transformationen und Neuinterpretationen hat diese Lehre in ihrer mehr als zweitausendjährigen Geschichte erfahren? Auf der Führung durch die Ausstellung «Erleuchtet – Die Welt der Buddhas» entdecken die Teilnehmenden die Vielfalt des Buddhismus und nähern sich seinen Bildwerken und Ideen.

Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 15 Personen

Amitâyus, the Buddha of Longevity, holds in his hands a vessel with the nectar of immortality; Collection Essen, © MKB, Omar Lemke
Das Foto zeigt das Museum aus der Vogelperspektive

Museum der Kulturen Basel


Münsterplatz 20,  4001  Basel

© Museum der Kulturen Basel

Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  We 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Th 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Fr 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Sa 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Su 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

May Day 2021

01 May 2021: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Ascension Day 2021

13 May 2021: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Whitsun 2021

23 May 2021: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

24 May 2021: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Swiss National Holiday 2021

01 August 2021: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Christmas/New Year 2021/2022

24 December 2021: Closed

25 December 2021: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

26 December 2021: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

27 December 2021: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

28 December 2021: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

29 December 2021: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

30 December 2021: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

31 December 2021: Closed

01 January 2022: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM


The Museum der Kulturen Basel ranks among the leading ethnographic museums in Europe. The Museum’s world-renowned collection numbers more than 340,000 objects. In order to regularly display and reposition collection pieces, the Museum organizes, in addition to its two permanent exhibitions, a number of special exhibitions each year with a focus on current as well as more general topics that shed light on the variety and diversity of cultural manifestations across the world. Visitors thus get to see the world with different eyes.

Every first Wednesday of the month the museum organizes a forum to address a specific anthropological topic, discuss current social issues with visitors or simply tell stories from a new perspective, thereby revealing unexpected overlaps with our own daily life.


Adults from age 20: CHF 16.00
Young people under the age of 20: CHF 5.00
Trainees under the age of 30
with proof of eligibility: CHF 5.00
Children under the age of 13: free
Disabled visitors with ID: CHF 11.-
Members of the Cultural Circle and ICOM/VMS: free
The entry charges can be paid in Euro

Free Entry:
Happy Day: first Sunday every month
Happy Hour: 4–5pm Tue–Sat

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Swiss Museum Pass Free admission

colourkey Free admission


tram 6/8/11/14/15/16/17, bus 31/33/34/36/38 > Schifflände
tram 1/2/15 > Kunstmuseum


The museum is wheelchair accessible except for the Carnival Exhibition.
Auf einer Bank sitzt ein violett bekleideter Harlekin, eine Fasnachtsfigur. Er hält eine Stablaterne in den Händen.

Museum der Kulturen Basel

Basel Carnival

Permanent exhibition

Basel Fasnacht (carnival) is a large festival of sounds and dreams, of colour and fantasy, but also of criticism and mockery. It has been evolving over the last 100 years. Since then, and now, this carnival has inspired the population and artists of this city into active ...
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Das Foto zeigt die Köpfe zweiter Theaterfiguren Die Figur links hat grosse rote Augen eine Knollennase und einen grossen Mund Die Figur rechts hat eine spitzige Nase ebenfalls rote Augen und ein Haarbüschel steht gerade auf dem Kopf
Digital Exhibition

Museum der Kulturen Basel

Eintreten ins virtuelle Museum

Permanent exhibition

Das Museum der Kulturen Basel ist virtuell immer offen. Von unserer Website aus gelangen Sie jederzeit ins Museum. Sie nehmen an Führungen teil, begegnen Buddha zuhause auf dem Sofa, lernen die Lieblingsobjekte der Mitarbeitenden kennen und können Bastelanleitungen für schöne ...
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The picture shows a detail of the lintels You can see a relief with a snake on it

Museum der Kulturen Basel

Memory – Moments of Remembering and Forgetting

26 June 2020 - 07 July 2024

The exhibition playfully reveals the manifold practices people rely on to recall specific moments in life, from birth to death, but also to forget about them. Significant events in society are passed on by word of mouth, carved in stone, or, as the case may be, never disclosed.
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You see the face and upper body of a golden Buddha with turquoise jewellery

Museum der Kulturen Basel

Enlightened – The Realm of the Buddhas

20 November 2020 - 23 January 2022

From meditation retreats to living rooms to garden ponds – Buddhas are everywhere! What do we find so fascinating about this figure? What forms do Buddhist teachings and practices embrace? The exhibition follows up these and other questions and sheds light on Buddhism in all ...
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You see several wooden sticks put together to become a chart The chart is hanging from the ceiling, throwing its shadow on the wall

Museum der Kulturen Basel

Making the World. Lived Worlds

26 March 2021 - 23 January 2022

The Museum der Kulturen Basel and the Kunstmuseum Basel jointly explore the theme “the human making of the world”. Exhibits from both museums enter into a dialogue with each other, with the Museum der Kulturen Basel focusing on how humans and their environment are intertwined.
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