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Exhibition
Exhibition

Naturhistorisches Museum Basel

Octopus & Butterfly – Fascinating Invertebrates

Today: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Permanent exhibition

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 enormous diversity of invertebrates.

Sponges, jellyfish, snails, mussels and crabs are as much part of our exhibition as millipedes, spiders and insects.

In addition to display cases showing the diversity of invertebrates, some showcases feature thematic contents such as pests and useful creatures found in forests and gardens.

The impressive model of a giant squid, as well as the 1:100 scale model of a spider, enhance the exhibition together with two showcases which house butterflies and snails from purely aesthetic perspectives.

The living animals are an eye-catching exhibit too. The honey bees in the showcase offer an insight into the inside of the hive. And in a complex system of pots and tubes, you can watch leafcutter ants as they go about their busy life. Alongside colony-forming insects such as bees and ants, there are also snails, cockroaches, beetles and stick insects.

In 1999, we gently renovated the exhibition and added new texts. The furniture from the 1930s was in some cases retained, but the formerly overwhelming quantity of objects was dramatically reduced.


photo: © Gregor Brändli
Museum

Naturhistorisches Museum Basel

OpenClosed | 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Augustinergasse 2,  4001  Basel

photo: Gregor Brändli

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

Please consult our website www.nmbs.ch/en before your visit to find out about the current situation regarding COVID-19.


Christmas/New Year 2022/2023

24 December 2022: Closed

25 December 2022: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

26 December 2022: Closed

27 December 2022: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

28 December 2022: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

29 December 2022: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

30 December 2022: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

31 December 2022: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

01 January 2023: 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

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
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