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Musikmuseum Aussenansicht

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

OpenClosed | 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Im Lohnhof 9,  4051  Basel

Foto: Andreas Niemz

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 2024

01 August 2024: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Christmas/New Year 2024/2025

24 December 2024: Closed

25 December 2024: Closed

26 December 2024: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

27 December 2024: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

28 December 2024: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

29 December 2024: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

30 December 2024: Closed

31 December 2024: 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

01 January 2025: 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.

With over 3,300 objects to its name, the Basel Historical Museum is in possession of Switzerland’s largest collection of musical instruments. The ca. 650 European instruments, spread over three floors, span five centuries of music history from the oldest drum dating from 1571 and a highly ornate viola da gamba by Joachim Tielke (ca. 1704) to the Weber Unika Orchestrion of 1925. The 24 cells of the former prison serve as showcases in which visitors can admire instruments while calling up countless samples and additional information on an interactive screen. While touring the museum you will therefore hear all sorts of music, from the familiar to the bizarre.


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 3 > Musik-Akademie
Musikmuseum Tasteninstrumente

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Switzerland's largest collection of musical instruments

from 01 December 2000

Musical instruments from five centuries are shown in both their musical and social contexts and grouped according to musical genres or to occasions on which specific instruments were played. Visitors can also hear how the instruments sound and are given additional information ...
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Musikmuseum Tasteninstrumente
Guided Tour

Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Rausch und Sammlungen – Auf den Spuren des Rauschs in der historischen Instrumentensammlung

26 May 2024 | 11.15 AM - 12.15 PM

Welche Klänge erzeugen rauschhafte Zustände und wie wurden diese für Ereignisse, Zeremonien oder Traditionen genutzt? Anhand von ausgewählten Instrumenten wird das kulturgeschichtliche Phänomen des Rausches aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven beleuchtet. Ein akustisches ...
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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Concert Lecture – Die Schweiz: Heimat und Exotik

16 June 2024 | 11.15 AM - 12.15 PM

Das Konzert führt romantisch auf historischen Instrumenten durch die Schweizer Landschaft. Gabriele Lucherini und Guilio Padoin lassen Variationen über bekannt Schweizer Stücke erklingen und erinnern gleichzeitig mit Souvenirs an eine exotische Reise.
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Historisches Museum Basel – Musikmuseum

Der Tod tanzt zu Musik – Frank Martin und die Tradition des Totentanzes

23 June 2024 | 11.15 AM - 12.15 PM

Neben dem bildlich dargestellten Totentanz, wie der Basler Totentanz, gibt es auch zahlreiche musikalische Interpretationen des memento mori. Auf der Führung wird auf die Tradition des musikalischen Totentanzes eingegangen, in die sich auch das Werk von Frank Martin reiht. ...
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