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Naturhistorisches Museum Basel

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

Today: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Permanent exhibition

The exhibition shines the spotlight on indigenous birds, mammals and minerals. The exterior of birds and mammals reveals a lot about how they move, hunt and eat. Two habitats, the city and the mountains, show examples of how animals are able to adapt to a constantly changing environment. Of the 700 or so minerals that occur in Switzerland, we present the most beautiful and spectacular among them.

Birds and mammals have a variety of characteristics that suit their lifestyles perfectly. How powerful are their eyes or ears, for example? What sort of movement are their legs and feet suited to? Do they have a fur coat to protect them from the cold, or do they use camouflage to hide from enemies? In several areas various parts of the animals' bodies are examined in more detail. This proves that their external appearance reveals a lot about how the mammals and birds move around, hunt and eat.

On the top floor of the exhibition, we use the examples of the city and the mountains to show how animals adapt to their habitats. The lifestyles of animals in the constantly changing environment of the city is just as surprising and amazing as those adopted by animals in order to survive the extreme weather conditions of the mountains.

They sparkle, have perfect shapes and come in every colour imaginable – so it's hard to believe that these minerals grow in dark, narrow caves inside the mountains. Usually they are able to form their stunning crystal shapes unhindered in fissures. On a Tour de Suisse, we show off around 200 treasures from the museum's mineralogical collection and point out which area of Switzerland the minerals come from. We also tell you which minerals are suitable for use as raw materials.


Photo © Gregor Brändli
Foto © Gregor Brändli
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Naturhistorisches Museum Basel

OpenClosed | 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

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

Swiss National Holiday 2019

01 August 2019: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM


Christmas / New Year 2019/2020

23 December 2019: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

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: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

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


May Day 2020

01 May 2020: 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

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