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Naturhistorisches Museum Basel

Whale & Fish – Gentle Giants of the Ocean

Today: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Permanent exhibition

The permanent Whale & Fish exhibition offers a magical view not only over the rooftops of Basel, but also most importantly of the wonderfully presented skeleton of a minke whale. It lay for forty years in the collection room before finding its way into the exhibition. Another highlight is the life-sized model of a 6.8-metre-long python, complete with its original skeleton.

Whales need space, even if they are 'only' nine-metre-long minke whales. Our room featuring the minke whale allows you to experience the dimensions of the largest mammals on our planet up close.

The skeleton comes from a northern minke whale and was acquired in 1873 by the Natural History Museum Basel. Thanks to support from the Friends of the Natural History Museum Association, it has been showcased in a new and spectacular way.

Northern minke whales live in all of the oceans of the northern hemisphere. Heavy hunting, however, means that this gentle animal is under severe threat. Although minke whales have been protected since 1986 by an international agreement, they continue to be hunted. Since the agreement came into force, around 20,000 of these beautiful ocean giants have been killed.

The rear part of the exhibition provides an overview of Switzerland's native fish, frogs and reptiles. Their lifestyles are also discussed, as is the influence of mankind. The original-sized models are especially worth a look. As a central object, in the middle of the room are the cast and skeleton of a large reticulated python.


photo: © 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

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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