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Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel at Christmas
Silas Kreienbühl in his snow lab

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”

Today: Closed

04 November 2023 - 04 February 2024

Like Bing Crosby in his iconic song “White Christmas”, many people dream of a snowy holiday season – complete with gently drifting snowflakes, frost-dusted evergreens, and the magic of twinkling lights. Snow, it seems, is as inseparable from Christmas as the cherished Christmas tree itself. Its soothing blanket covers everything, slows down the pace of life and makes for an idyllic, contemplative atmosphere.

The question of whether there will be a white Christmas is one that arises every year – even as Basel has seen some 70 green-grey Christmases since 1931. The most recent white Christmas was in 2010. Given the effects of climate change, it is unlikely that snow will become a more frequent feature of the festive season, but the longing remains.

Neither the Bible nor the Koran mentions snow at the birth of Jesus. The popular notion of a white Christmas took shape through poems, songs and postcards. Snow motifs became popular in the mid-19th century. At the same time, there was a trend to travel to the snowy Alps for the Christmas holidays, adding further to the association of yuletide with snow.

In addition to white ornaments from the Christmas decoration collection, numerous porcelain Snowbabies, and historical postcards, the exhibition will feature a selection from the snow collection of Swiss artist Silas Kreienbühl.

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel


Steinenvorstadt 1,  4051  Basel

Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  We 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Th 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Fr 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Sa 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Su 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Museum, Ristorante and Boutique:
Tue. to Sun. from 10 to 18, in December, daily from 10 to 18

Whitsun 2024

20 May 2024: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Swiss National Holiday 2024

31 July 2024: 10.00 AM - 4.00 PM

01 August 2024: Closed

Christmas/New Year 2024/2025

24 December 2024: 10.00 AM - 4.00 PM

25 December 2024: Closed

26 December 2024: Closed

31 December 2024: 10.00 AM - 4.00 PM

01 January 2025: Closed


Toy Worlds Museum Basel

With over 1,000 m2 on four levels, the museum is one of a kind in Europe. lt is located at the heart of downtown Basel and houses the largest collection of antique teddy bears in the world, together with historic dolls, toy grocery stores, dollhouses, carousels, and contemporary miniatures. Visitors from around the world come to marvel at the museum. Special exhibitions on select, fascinating topics are always being featured at the museum. Your own smartphone or tablet can be used as an interactive museum guide. ln-house Wi-Fi makes this service free of charge.


Standard entry CHF 7.00
Children and youth up to 16 years of age are free
Children up to 12 years of age only when accompanied by an adult

Discounted entry CHF 5.00
Persons with disabilities (persons accompanying persons with disabilities who can’t visit the museum on their own qualify for free entry)

The entire building, including the boutique and Ristorante La Sosta, is accessible by wheelchair.

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Swiss Museum Pass Free admission


Barfüsserplatz is just a short stroll of about fifteen minutes from the SBB train station.

Another convenient alternative is the tram – take SBB Tram No. 8 from the train station to Barfüsserplatz or tram No. 11 to the Theater or Barfüsserplatz stop. From Badischer Bahnhof train station, take tram No. 6 to the Barfüsserplatz or Theater stop.

For visitors arriving by car, the carparks near the SBB train station (Centralbahnparking), Elisabethen, Steinen, or Parkhaus Badischer Bahnhof, are highly recommended.


The Museum, Restaurant and Shop are wheelchair-accessible. Access to the restaurant from the entrance area is via a 440 cm long, 110 cm wide ascending ramp (9.41% / 6.24°). A portable ramp can be set up from the entrance area to the shop.

All museum floors are accessible via a lift (door width 79.8 cm, depth 115 cm) with no thresholds or obstructions. The disabled toilet on the 1st floor is wheelchair-accessible: door width 79 cm, sitting height 41 cm, hinged handles and hand-rails are provided. The washbasin is designed for wheelchair users and the mirror positioned lower accordingly.

Floor surfaces:
All museum rooms have parquet floors.
The restaurant and shop have stone floors.

The restaurant presents no problems for wheelchair users and is accessible via a 440 cm long, 110 cm wide ascending ramp (9.41% / 6.24°).

A special mobile, collapsible ramp with side rail (200 cm long, 82 cm wide) is available.

How to get here:
The use of public transport is recommended: From the SBB station, tram No. 8 to the “Barfüsserplatz” stop or tram No. 11 to the “Theater” or “Barfüsserplatz” stop. From the Badischer Bahnhof station, tram No. 6 to the “Barfüsserplatz” or “Theater” stop.

You may also come by car or use the Basle Municipal Disabled Persons Transport Service (Tel. 061 666 66 66, advance notification required!). Stopping briefly in front of the museum to allow passengers to get into or out of the car is permitted. Disabled parking spaces are available in the nearby “Steinen” and “Elisabethen” multistorey car parks.

Special points:
Two wheelchairs are available in the museum for wheelchair users and persons with walking difficulties.

The interactive information systems on the various floors can be pulled down to sitting height.

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