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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

Carnival 2023

27 February 2023: Closed

28 February 2023: Closed

01 March 2023: Closed

Easter 2023

07 April 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

08 April 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

09 April 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

10 April 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

May Day 2023

01 May 2023: Closed

Ascension Day 2023

18 May 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Whitsun 2023

28 May 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

29 May 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Swiss National Holiday 2023

01 August 2023: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM


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 18 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

Historisches Museum Basel – Haus zum Kirschgarten

The magnificent Kirschgarten House

from 24 February 1951

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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Haus zum Kirschgarten Vestibül
Guided Tour

Historisches Museum Basel – Haus zum Kirschgarten

Ein Basler Bürgerhaus erzählt – Geschichten vom Leben und Geniessen um 1800

08 February 2023 | 12.30 PM - 1.15 PM

Die Basler «Bändelherren» des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts pflegten einen exklusiven Lebensstil. Im Haus zum Kirschgarten kann man diesen bewundern. Wie liess es sich hier leben, arbeiten und geniessen? Und welche gesammelten Schätze hält das klassizistische Stadtpalais heute ...
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Haus zum Kirschgarten Vestibül
Guided Tour Children

Historisches Museum Basel – Haus zum Kirschgarten

Familienführung: Safari im Stadtpalais – Was zwitschert, brüllt, kräht und wiehert denn da?

12 February 2023 | 11.15 AM - 12.15 PM

Um Löwen, Kamele und Elefanten zu sehen, muss man nicht weit reisen. Komm mit auf Safari ins Haus zum Kirschgarten! Tiere sind beliebte Motive für allerlei Gegenstände und Verzierungen. Zusammen erkunden wir das Stadtpalais und entdecken, dass hier ein ganzer Zoo haust. So ...
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Historisches Museum Basel – Haus zum Kirschgarten

Wild Boar and Lettuce

08 June 2018 - 31 December 2023

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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