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Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel


Today: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

19 April 2019 - 06 October 2019

Selected pieces from the belle époque and beyond

Numerous myths surround the corset. For more than four centuries, it was considered a means of representing feminine beauty and seduction. Never before has a garment aroused so much longing, rumor and fantasy, inspiring so many artists.

The exhibition will feature some 60 corsets dating from 1775 to 1925, including unique, tailor-made and exclusive silk satin or cotton designs in bold colors with beautiful embroidery. These corsets of the Nuits de Satin collection from Paris are almost all unworn and new and give a realistic insight into how splendid and elaborate these garments were.

Corsets had different shapes, styles and dimensions, depending on the trends and creative abilities of designers and corset makers. But the corset always remained the key underwear of the 19th century. The wasp waist, an ancient tradition in Europe, was further emphasized by advertising and photography. Women from all classes were encouraged to squeeze their waist, sometimes beyond reason, risking their lives for it. The medical profession condemned this deeply, but without success. It was impossible to ward off this fashion, especially as it glorified the women.

The corset served women throughout fashion history to discreetly emphasize or glamorize their femininity and beauty. This has not changed in the 20th and 21st centuries. From the 1990s, the corset became socially acceptable again. Models in the music scene and the fashion world paved the way for its wider use. Beata Sievi is the only corsetiere in Switzerland specializing in custom-made high quality and exclusive couture corsets. Her corsets are characterized not only by an original design, but also by precious materials, an excellent fit and perfect workmanship. The models in the exhibition show that a corset can also be worn with a pair of jeans or a pantsuit. The corset of today is a garment for brave women who are not afraid to show themselves and their body off.

Hip and happening designers such as Úna Burke have also rediscovered the corset for themselves. The exhibit features a leather corset in an avant-garde design style. It’s no wonder that the label Úna Burke Leather has risen to fame so dramatically, becoming a favorite of stars like Rihanna, Lady Gaga or Madonna.

The ephemeral corset creations of Patricia Krummacher explore a new dimension in the world of corsets. Dreamy, short-lived objects are created from willow, moss, foliage, and blossoms. As fleeting as youth and beauty.

This special exhibition is the only one of its kind and will only appear in this form in Basel.


Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel

OpenClosed | 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

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, Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM
Museum, in December, daily from 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Christmas/New Year 2020/2021

23 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

24 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 4.00 PM

25 December 2020: Closed

26 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

27 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

28 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

29 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

30 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

31 December 2020: 10.00 AM - 4.00 PM

01 January 2021: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

02 January 2021: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

03 January 2021: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM


Toy Worlds Museum Baste

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 Basle 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.


CHF 7.–/5.–
Free admission for children up to 16. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult

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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Entry fee with tour CHF 9.00
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