Historisches Museum Basel: Museum für Musik
Basel Historical Museum, Museum of Music
Basel Historical Museum houses the most inclusive and diverse collection of historical and cultural artefacts on the Upper Rhine and is one of the largest museums of its kind. It runs four separate sites: whereas the Barfüsser Church and the Museum of Domestic Culture both boast a wide range of exhibits, the Museum of Music and the Museum of Horsepower each have a much narrower focus. All four sites are historical buildings. While this gives visitors an authentic whiff of times past, it also limits the amount of exhibition space available. In total, the museum has some 6,200 m2 of exhibition space at its disposal. The museum is funded by the Canton of the City of Basel.
Situated in the city centre just above the Barfüsserplatz, the Museum of Music opened in 2000 in the Lohnhof, one of the cluster of buildings around the medieval church of St. Leonhard. The Lohnhof was a prison until 1995 and the museum occupies a series of former prison cells.
The collection spans five centuries of European musical history, with its 16th to 20th-century instruments illustrating the three themes of “Music in Basel”, “Concerto, Chorale and Dance” and “Parade, Celebration and Signals”. Visitors can use a multimedia information system to hear how the instruments sound.