This exhibition will provide a brief history of Basel from the earliest evidence of human activity here right up to the present. Some ninety exhibits, including crucial testimony to momentous developments of the past, will pilot visitors through 100,000 years of history. These will be flanked by six short films offering a historical perspective on contemporary issues such as relations between town and country (Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft), migration and integration, the importance of the pharmaceutical industry, and land and nature conservation. There will also be a large interactive installation combining plans and images with facts about the city’s development. The focus will not be exclusively on political and economic developments, therefore, but will extend to more general matters such as Basel’s relations with the world at large, religious pluralism, and the development of civic society.
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