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Das Bild zeigt eine Frau aus Kamerun, schön bekleidet und reich geschmückt mit einem Kind auf dem Arm. Das Kind trägt ein weisses Kleid und einen Kopfschmuck.

Museum der Kulturen Basel

Mother and Child

Today: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

22 November 2019 - 05 January 2020

The infant and its parent figure make up an unequal couple. The relationship is subject to intense emotions and cultural norms. Across cultures, different notions of motherhood, ideal parents, and good children inform the image of the two figures. In Christian imagery, the good mother is best represented by the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this regard, the exhibition is a quiet homage to the Basel Minster. Construction on this originally Romanesque church began a thousand years ago in dedication to the Mother of God.

Gemälde von J. Ngwanyam, 1974 © MKB, Omar Lemke
Das Foto zeigt das Museum aus der Vogelperspektive

Museum der Kulturen Basel

OpenClosed | 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

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

The Museum der Kulturen Basel is open from 12 May 2020. All guided tours and events are still cancelled, by order of the Swiss federal government.

Christmas/New Year 2020/2021

23 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

24 December 2020: Closed

25 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

26 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

27 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

28 December 2020: Closed

29 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

30 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

31 December 2020: Closed

01 January 2021: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

02 January 2021: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

03 January 2021: 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 320,000 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.
Das Foto zeigt eine Maske mit riesigen Augen und einem offenen Mund Sie ist in den Farben Rot Schwarz und Beige gehalten Seitlich ragen Federn aus dem Gesicht heraus

Museum der Kulturen Basel

Big. Things Interpretations Dimensions

Permanent exhibition

We are impressed and fascinated by bigness. Nowadays we tend to live, think and build entirely in terms of superlatives. The new permanent exhibition brings the big world to the museum, showcasing huge objects but, surprisingly, also many small exhibits. Because big doesn't ...
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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

Museum der Kulturen Basel

Digital: Eintreten ins virtuelle Museum

Permanent exhibition

Das Museum der Kulturen Basel ist immer virtuell offen. Von unserer speziellen Webseite aus gelangen Sie jederzeit ins Museum. Sie nehmen an Führungen teil, lernen die Lieblingsobjekte der Mitarbeitenden kennen, erfahren, an was wir arbeiten und können Bastelanleitungen oder ...
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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 eine rote Figur die einen Gott in Form eines Elefanten darstellt

Museum der Kulturen Basel

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania

22 March 2019 - 22 November 2020

Museums face challenging times: what seemed a must for an ethnographic museum in the past – such as a collection of skulls – is now a sensitive issue. In collecting, objects were removed from their original contexts, items made of rare and precious materials such as ivory or ...
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Das Foto zeigt zwei fast menschengrosse Stabpuppen Vorne steht der Affenkönig mit gelber Maske rotem Tusch, gelbem Hemd und Raubtierhose Dahinter steht der Beamte im roten Gewand

Museum der Kulturen Basel

Bima, Mr Punch, and Demon

23 August 2019 - 16 August 2020

We are all familiar with the theatre. A very common and popular form is the puppet theatre in various forms. The exhibition presents stick puppets, shadow play figures, glove puppets, and marionettes from across Asia and Europe. The narratives in which they feature are ...
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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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