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Naturhistorisches Museum Basel

Quagga & Dodo – Threatened and extinct

Permanent exhibition

Since its origins in the 18th century, the Natural History Museum Basel has repeatedly gathered examples on its expeditions of animal species that have since disappeared from the natural world. Thanks to the correct storage of the collection objects in our «Archives of Life», it is possible to include in our permanent exhibitions original examples of species that are either completely extinct today or under severe threat of extinction.

The exhibition demonstrates why many animal species that populated our planet for many centuries have died out over the last 400 years. The clear differences are apparent between natural species extinction and that caused by mankind.

Quagga & Dodo, however, also looks at the efforts of organisations that are committed to species protection.

In addition to many threatened species, we also showcase preparations of over twenty species that are already extinct. This includes the quagga, a kind of zebra, which was still common in southern Africa at the start of the 19th century. The quagga was wiped out because it was regarded as a competitor to cattle farmers. Today there are only 24 specimens of this type of animal worldwide. They are distributed in museums around the world.

The dodo, a flightless kind of bird which only lived on the island of Mauritius, can also unfortunately only be seen as a partial specimen or reconstruction in museums. It died out in the late 17th century.

The exhibition's design picks up on the idea of the collection rooms being the «Archives of Life».


photo: © Gregor Brändli
Museum

Naturhistorisches Museum Basel

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Augustinergasse 2,  4001  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

Christmas / New Year 2019/2020

23 December 2019: Closed

24 December 2019: Closed

25 December 2019: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

26 December 2019: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

27 December 2019: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

28 December 2019: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

29 December 2019: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

30 December 2019: Closed

31 December 2019: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

01 January 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

02 January 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

03 January 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

04 January 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

05 January 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Basel Museums Night 2020

17 January 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

18 January 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Carnival 2020

02 March 2020: Closed

03 March 2020: Closed

04 March 2020: Closed


Easter 2020

10 April 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

11 April 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

12 April 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

13 April 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM


May Day 2020

01 May 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Ascension Day 2020

21 May 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Whitsun 2020

31 May 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

01 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Art Basel 2020

15 June 2020: Closed

16 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

17 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

18 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

19 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

20 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

21 June 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Swiss National Holiday 2020

01 August 2020: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM


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: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

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


Institution

Discover the «Archives of Life».
Lose yourself in the variety of our exhibitions. Learn exciting facts about exotic animals. Go back to the past, to the age of dinosaurs, even to the formation of the Earth. Experience the development of mammals, such as the mammoth and the sabre-toothed tiger.

Admission

Temporary exhibition «Into the Ear» (incl. temporary exhibition 'AQUA' and permanent exhibition)
Adults: CHF 14.–
Teenagers (under 20 years): CHF 7.-
Students / in training (under 30 years): CHF 7.–
Children (under 13 years): Admission free

Temporary exhibition «AQUA» (incl. permanent exhibition)
Adults: CHF 10.–
Teenagers (under 20 years): CHF 7.-
Students / in training (under 30 years): CHF 7.–
Children (under 13 years): Admission free

Permanent exhibition
Adults: CHF 7.–
Teenagers (under 20 years): CHF 5.-
Students / in training (under 30 years): CHF 5.–
Children (under 13 years): Admission free

Happy Hour for everyone: Tues - Sat, last hour of opening: Admission free
1st Sunday of the month: Admission free

Public guided tours / guided tours behind the scenes
Adults: CHF 7.–
Teenagers (under 20 years): CHF 5.–
Students / in training (under 30 years): CHF 5.–
Children (under 13 years): Admission free

colourkey Free admission

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Swiss Museum Pass Free admission

Access

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

Accessibility

Das Naturhistorische Museum Basel möchte auch Menschen mit besonderen Bedürfnissen einen spannenden und erlebnisreichen Besuch ermöglichen. Dies geschieht in enger Zusammenarbeit mit verschiedenen Behindertenorganisationen in der Region Basel und über die Landesgrenzen hinweg. Informieren Sie sich über unser vielfältiges Angebot auf unserer Webseite.
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Mammoth & Sabre-Toothed Tiger – In a Land before our Time

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Saber-toothed cats, Megaloceros (giant elk), dwarf elephants and humans – the evolution of mammals is spectacular. We showcase mammals and their ancestors using selected rare specimens. The climax of the exhibition is our famous mammoth.

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Quagga & Dodo – Threatened and extinct

Permanent exhibition

Since its origins in the 18th century, the Natural History Museum Basel has repeatedly gathered examples on its expeditions of animal species that have since disappeared from the natural world. Thanks to the correct storage of the collection objects in our «Archives of Life», ...
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Loophole – From the Egg to the Butterfly

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Nature's Showcase – Birds, Mammals & Minerals in Switzerland

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Octopus & Butterfly – Fascinating Invertebrates

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Invertebrates do not have a bony skeleton. Their striking appearance is often shaped by an exoskeleton as is the case with insects, or a shell system as found in mussels and snails. However they can also be soft and mobile, like worms. The exhibition offers an overview of the ...
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Fire & Water – From the Mountain Summits to the Oceanic Abyss

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Whale & Fish – Gentle Giants of the Ocean

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Ammonit & Belemnite – The Endless World of Fossils

Permanent exhibition

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Dinos & Sauriers – Living Images of the Past

Permanent exhibition

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Identification Day

06 October 2019 | 3.00 PM - 5.00 PM

Have you stumbled across a remarkable stone or have you found an enchanting feather?

Whether stone, insect, feather or bone: Bring us your treasures! Our experts will take a close look at them and tell you what you have found. We solve mysteries about natural ...
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Nachts im Museum – Exklusiver Familienevent

11 October 2019 | 8.00 PM - 12.00 AM

Die Nacht im Museum verbringen und mit der Taschenlampe durch dir Räume streifen? Das klingt ja wie im Film! Genau, nur dass bei uns die Tiere nicht lebendig werden. Trotzdem ist es ein besonderes Erlebnis, den Schlafsack unter dem Walskelett auszurollen – für unvergessliche ...
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Nachts im Museum – Exklusiver Familienevent

12 October 2019 | 12.00 AM - 9.00 AM

Die Nacht im Museum verbringen und mit der Taschenlampe durch dir Räume streifen? Das klingt ja wie im Film! Genau, nur dass bei uns die Tiere nicht lebendig werden. Trotzdem ist es ein besonderes Erlebnis, den Schlafsack unter dem Walskelett auszurollen – für unvergessliche ...
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Nachts im Museum – Exklusiver Familienevent

12 October 2019 | 8.00 PM - 12.00 AM

Die Nacht im Museum verbringen und mit der Taschenlampe durch dir Räume streifen? Das klingt ja wie im Film! Genau, nur dass bei uns die Tiere nicht lebendig werden. Trotzdem ist es ein besonderes Erlebnis, den Schlafsack unter dem Walskelett auszurollen – für unvergessliche ...
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Nachts im Museum – Exklusiver Familienevent

13 October 2019 | 12.00 AM - 9.00 AM

Die Nacht im Museum verbringen und mit der Taschenlampe durch dir Räume streifen? Das klingt ja wie im Film! Genau, nur dass bei uns die Tiere nicht lebendig werden. Trotzdem ist es ein besonderes Erlebnis, den Schlafsack unter dem Walskelett auszurollen – für unvergessliche ...
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