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S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum

Swim City

Today: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

25 May 2019 - 29 September 2019

The exhibition «Swim City» will be the first to draw attention to one particular contemporary phenomenon in the urban space: river swimming as a mass movement – a 21st-century Swiss invention. For decades, cities like Basel, Bern, Zurich and Geneva have been gradually making the river accessible as a natural public resource in the built environment. This has made the river become a place of leisure, right on the doorstep and firmly anchored in everyday life. The rest of the world looks on in awe at the bathing culture in the Rhine, Aare, Limmat and Rhone. Here, cities like Paris, Berlin, London and New York see an example of how they can reclaim their river areas as a spatial resource, so as to sustainably improve the quality of people's urban lives.


S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum

OpenClosed | 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Steinenberg 7,  4051  Basel

Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  We 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Th 11.00 AM - 8.30 PM  |  Fr 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Sa 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Su 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

In accordance with the guidelines released by the Federal Government and the Basel City Cantonal Government on 13 March 2020, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum is closed until further notice.
The safety and wellbeing of our staff and guests are our utmost priority. We would like to ask our visitors for their understanding.

Swiss National Holiday 2020

01 August 2020: Closed

Christmas/New Year 2020/2021

23 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

24 December 2020: Closed

25 December 2020: Closed

26 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

27 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

28 December 2020: Closed

29 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

30 December 2020: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

31 December 2020: Closed

01 January 2021: Closed

02 January 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

03 January 2021: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


The S AM Swiss Architecture Museum – seeks to enlarge our perception of architecture and urbanism. International and thematic exhibitions at S AM emphasize the socio-political aspects of architectural discourse. Thus S AM aims to enrich the exchange of ideas on contemporary urban landscapes.

Due to the assembling the S AM will remain closed until 25.5.2019.  We will be opening the exhibition "Swim City" on May 24th 7 PM- you are cordially invited! 


CHF 12.–/8.– incl. Kunsthalle Basel

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

colourkey Free admission


tram 2/3/8/10/11/14/15 > Bankverein, tram 6/10/16/17 > Theater

S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum

Under the Radar

16 November 2019 - 30 August 2020

Architecture does not exist in a vacuum, but is embedded in a larger territory that is essentially defined by political and economic agendas. The «architecture» of this territory is largely designed without architects. Nevertheless, or precisely for this reason, architects ...
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