About the Association
THE ASSOCIATION OF MUSEUMS-PASS-MUSÉES
The Association of Museums-PASS-Musées (formerly the Upper Rhine Museums-Pass) was founded on December 14th, 1998. The project is based on an idea that was outlined by the team for cultural affairs at the Upper Rhine Conference in Basel. The official introduction of the Museums-PASS-Musées took place on July 1st, 1999. It is the first trinational Museum Pass within Europe.
All association bodies are either from Germany, France or Switzerland. With this it is easy to guarantee our trinational approach due to the fact that the Board is responsible for all financial and organisational matters regarding our Museum-PASS-Musées. While our Basel located team takes care of the implementation, an experts committee advises the Board and our team on all museum related questions.
From the very beginning onwards we had more than 120 participating museums as members of the Upper Rhine Museum Pass. With this we easily exceeded our former aim to win at least 30 major and 30 minor museums for our Museum Pass. Today we are proud to point out that more than 300 museums, castles and gardens in three countries are members of our association.
Our Museum Pass is financially independent. In the beginning it was financed by the German federal states Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, the Swiss cantons Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft and Aargau as well as the French government, the region Alsace and the European Union (Interreg II, Oberrhein Mitte-Süd and Pamina). Our Museum Pass has been financially independent since 2002. We were able to sell almost 47 000 Museum Pass memberships in 2013. We spread the return according to our standing rules among the participating museums.