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Historisches Museum Basel – Haus zum Kirschgarten

Opening Hours

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

Swiss National Holiday 2019

01 August 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Christmas / New Year 2019/2020

23 December 2019: Closed

24 December 2019: Closed

25 December 2019: Closed

26 December 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

27 December 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

28 December 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

29 December 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

30 December 2019: Closed

31 December 2019: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

01 January 2020: Closed

02 January 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

03 January 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

04 January 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

05 January 2020: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Basel Museums Night 2020

17 January 2020: Closed

18 January 2020: Closed

May Day 2020

01 May 2020: Closed


The Basel Historical Museum with its three sites is widely regarded as the most important museum of cultural history on the Upper Rhine. It collects, conserves, records and researches objects and artefacts of relevance to our cultural heritage for future generations, tells visitors the story of Basel, and is a place for discourse and engagement with both present and future.

The Haus zum Kirschgarten was built for the silk ribbon manufacturer and army colonel Johann Rudolf Burckhardt between 1775 and 1780. The mansion designed by the architect Johann Ulrich Büchel attests to his client’s wealth and status and is a tour de force of early Neoclassical style, influenced in part by Masonic concepts. It has been a museum of domestic culture since 1951. Most of the interior is devoted to the 18th- and 19th-century period rooms formerly inhabited by Basel’s bourgeoisie. But the museum also houses several special collections and hosts mini-exhibitions, such as that on Sheikh Ibrahim.


CHF 10.- / CHF 5.-*

Combi-ticket: CHF 20.- / CHF 10.-* (for Barfüsserkirche, Musikmuseum, Haus zum Kirschgarten)
*For young people under 20 and up to 30 if still in education or training.

Group rate (from 10 people): CHF 8.-

Free admission for children aged up to 13

Happy Day: 1st Sunday of the month free admission
Happy Hour: Free admission for the last hour of the day (except Sundays and holidays)

Special exhibitions are subject to special rates and conditions.

colourkey Free admission

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Swiss Museum Pass Free admission


tram 1/2 > Kirschgarten
Haus zum Kirschgarten Vestibül
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Historisches Museum Basel – Haus zum Kirschgarten

The magnificent Kirschgarten House

Permanent exhibition

The magnificent Kirschgarten House - built between 1775 and 1780 as the home and office of a Basle silk ribbon manufacturer - is one of Switzerland's principal museums of domestic life. Laid out on two floors, period rooms depict life during the eighteenth and nineteenth ...
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Historisches Museum Basel – Haus zum Kirschgarten

Wild Boar and Lettuce

08 June 2018 - 26 January 2020

Among the great treasures of porcelain art are the animal-shaped tureens and deceptively real-looking plates of olives or lettuce made by the Strasbourg manufactories. This new show will present these exquisite pieces in the larger context of the dining culture of that era.
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Haus zum Kirschgarten, Vestibül
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Historisches Museum Basel – Haus zum Kirschgarten

Guided Tour: About loosing minds and more in the patrician environment of the 18th century

30 June 2019 | 11.00 AM

If you want to know more about the canton of Basel and why we split in two half-cantons you need to know the ancient rulers. They were patrician families who ruled and governed this city as well as the countryside and were named «The Basler Daig». How did they deal with the ...
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