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Salvaged from the underground

Archaeological finds from the centre of Basel
Exhibitions
Aquamanile (Handwaschgefäss) in Form eines Hundes oder Löwen, Spätmittelalter. Foto ABBS, Philippe Saurbeck
How did a 400 kg building stone of a Roman monumental structure get under the Freie Strasse? What do a hand washing vessel, leather remains and a casting mould reveal about life and crafts in medieval Basel? These and other spectacular finds from two millennia come from current and earlier excavations and tell the story of the city centre. They shed light on the origins and changes of the market square, its adjoining streets and alleys, and bear witness to a devastating neighbourhood fire. They are being shown for the first time in this exhibition, which was created in cooperation with the Archaeological Soil Research Basel-Stadt.
This exhibition is available in
German

Museum details

Address
Unterer Rheinweg 26
4058
Basel
+41 61 267 66 25
Opening hours

47.562046, 7.589685

Nonnen im Klingental
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750 years of Klingental Convent - Chants of the Dominican nuns from Klingental Convent

Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 7:30 p.m. Large refectory Concert with the Stella Maris ensemble under the direction of Tetyana Polt-Lutsenko The origins of Basel's musical history can be found in the ...

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Foto Myriam Schneller
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Midsommar in the Kleine Klingental

Saturday, June 22, 2024, 2 to 6 p.m. Museum Kleines Klingental, inner courtyard and large refectory Join the Svenska Klubben Basel for a midsummer festival at Klingental with the decorating and ...

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Ofenkacheln, ein Aquamanile und zahlreiche weitere Tongefässe, die typisch für das 14. Jh. sind, stammen aus dem Brandschutt eines Kellers am Marktplatz. Foto: ABBS, 2023
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Archaeological information points - Time travel through 2000 years of Basel

Wednesday, June 26, 2024, 1 p.m. Monastery kitchen Speaker: Guido Lassau, cantonal archaeologist Basel-Stadt In an atmospheric setting, over coffee or tea, experts take a personal look at aspects of ...

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Foto Gian Casper Bott
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Fire and flame - The dragon in Klingental

Wednesday, August 7, 2024, 2:30 p.m. Meeting point: Museum entrance The brave knight and his horse encounter the sinister lindworm. Both stone figures have fled from Basel Minster to the museum to ...

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Ofenkacheln, ein Aquamanile und zahlreiche weitere Tongefässe, die typisch für das 14. Jh. sind, stammen aus dem Brandschutt eines Kellers am Marktplatz. Foto: ABBS, 2023
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Freie Strasse - interim results from four years of archaeological construction monitoring

Wednesday, August 14, 2024, 1 p.m. Monastery kitchen Speaker: Johann Savary, excavation manager Freie Strasse and Marktplatz, Archaeological Soil Research Basel-Stadt In an atmospheric setting, over ...

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Staatsarchiv Basel-Stadt
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Curator's tour through the exhibition "Geborgen aus dem Untergrund"

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 2.30 p.m. Meeting point: Museum entrance Curator Sarah Wicki will personally guide you through the exhibition she has created entitled "Salvaged from the Underground - ...

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Basel komponiert
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"Vis à vis Goya" - Basel chamber music for oboe, violoncello and piano 1961-2024

Wednesday, August 28, 2024, 7:30 p.m. Large refectory Concert with Kelsey Maiorano (oboe), Gunta Abele (violoncello) and Cornelia Lenzin (piano) This concert is a tribute to the two composers and ...

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Foto Gian Casper Bott
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Sculptures from Blumenrain to Kleine Klingental

Wednesday, September 4, 2024, 2:30 p.m. Nowhere in Basel is there a greater concentration of sculptural works in the urban space than in the central district of Blumenrain, Schifflände and Fischmarkt ...

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Foto Mark Niedermann
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The "Blüthner" on the road

Lunchtime concerts on the 1st Wednesday of the month, 1 to 2 pm Admission free, collection in favor of the musicians February 7, 2024: Mikołaj Woźniak (Poland) March 6, 2024: Laura Mota Pello (Spain) ...

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Trio Fontane
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10 years of "Basel composes" A rousing celebration with Hans Huber's piano trios

Wednesday, September 11, 2024, 7:30 p.m. Large refectory Concert with the Trio Fontane: Noëlle Grüebler (violin), Jonas Kreienbühl (cello) and Andrea Wiesli (piano) For more than a decade, the Trio ...

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Ofenkacheln, ein Aquamanile und zahlreiche weitere Tongefässe, die typisch für das 14. Jh. sind, stammen aus dem Brandschutt eines Kellers am Marktplatz. Foto: ABBS, 2023
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Of "potty masses" and the smell of tannery - craftsmanship in Basel's valley town

Wednesday, September 11, 2024, 1 p.m. Monastery kitchen Speaker: Johann Savary, excavation manager Freie Strasse and Marktplatz, Archäologische Bodenforschung Basel-Stadt In an atmospheric setting ...

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Staatsarchiv Basel-Stadt
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Curator's tour through the exhibition "Geborgen aus dem Untergrund"

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 2.30 p.m. Meeting point: Museum entrance Curator Sarah Wicki will personally guide you through the exhibition she has created entitled "Salvaged from the Underground - ...

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Foto Bruno Thüring
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The "Who's Who" at Basel Minster

Guided tour series: The "Who's Who" at Basel Minster: depictions of saints in the Museum Kleines Klingental Who were the people depicted on Basel Cathedral in the Middle Ages and what stories do they ...

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Foto Roland Lardon
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Drawing and modeling in the museum

Sunday, September 29, 2024 Sunday, October 27, 2024 Sunday, November 17, 2024 each 14-17 h The Romanesque and Gothic cathedral figures in the Museum Kleines Klingental are viewed analytically and ...

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Foto Mark Niedermann
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The "Blüthner" on the road

Lunchtime concerts on the 1st Wednesday of the month, 1 to 2 pm Admission free, collection in favor of the musicians February 7, 2024: Mikołaj Woźniak (Poland) March 6, 2024: Laura Mota Pello (Spain) ...

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Aquamanile in Form eines Hundes oder Löwen, Spätmittelalter. Archäologische Bodenforschung Basel-Stadt, Inv.nr. 2022/3.132, Foto: ABBS, Philippe Saurbeck
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The secret counterfeiting workshop

Sunday, October 6 and October 13, 2024, 2-4 p.m. each day Meeting point: Museum entrance Aspects of archaeology are taught in the special exhibition "Salvaged from the Underground" and the children ...

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Aquamanile in Form eines Hundes oder Löwen, Spätmittelalter. Archäologische Bodenforschung Basel-Stadt, Inv.nr. 2022/3.132, Foto: ABBS, Philippe Saurbeck
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The secret counterfeiting workshop

Sunday, October 6 and October 13, 2024, 2-4 p.m. each day Meeting point: Museum entrance Aspects of archaeology are taught in the special exhibition "Salvaged from the Underground" and the children ...

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Staatsarchiv Basel-Stadt
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Curator's tour through the exhibition "Geborgen aus dem Untergrund"

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 2.30 p.m. Meeting point: Museum entrance Curator Sarah Wicki will personally guide you through the exhibition she has created entitled "Salvaged from the Underground - ...

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Foto Roland Lardon
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Drawing and modeling in the museum

Sunday, September 29, 2024 Sunday, October 27, 2024 Sunday, November 17, 2024 each 14-17 h The Romanesque and Gothic cathedral figures in the Museum Kleines Klingental are viewed analytically and ...

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Frauenkloster Klingental Basel 1256–1529, 2000, Filmstill
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Travel back in time to the Middle Ages: the film about Klingental Abbey

Wednesday, October 30, 2024, 6:15 p.m. Large refectory After Stephan Tramèr completed the monastery model in 1998, the production manager of Basilea Film AG, Matthias Vergeat, suggested making a ...

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Ofenkacheln, ein Aquamanile und zahlreiche weitere Tongefässe, die typisch für das 14. Jh. sind, stammen aus dem Brandschutt eines Kellers am Marktplatz. Foto: ABBS, 2023
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Feurio! - Basel's city fires in the late Middle Ages

Wednesday, October 30, 2024, 1 p.m. Monastery kitchen Speaker: Martin Möhle, author of art monuments, Cantonal Monument Preservation Basel-Stadt In an atmospheric setting, over coffee or tea, experts ...

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Foto Flavio Karrer
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Scenic tour: Anna, convent maid at Klingental

By and with Satu Blanc, historian and actress Once again, Anna is late. She wants to sneak into the kitchen unnoticed. But instead of the doorman, strangely dressed people are standing in front of the ...

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Foto Flavio Karrer
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Scenic tour: Anna, convent maid at Klingental

By and with Satu Blanc, historian and actress Once again, Anna is late. She wants to sneak into the kitchen unnoticed. But instead of the doorman, strangely dressed people are standing in front of the ...

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Foto Mark Niedermann
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The "Blüthner" on the road

Lunchtime concerts on the 1st Wednesday of the month, 1 to 2 pm Admission free, collection in favor of the musicians February 7, 2024: Mikołaj Woźniak (Poland) March 6, 2024: Laura Mota Pello (Spain) ...

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Foto Peter Schulthess
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From the everyday life of the nuns to the founding of the museum. The history of the Kleine Klingental

Wednesday, November 13, 2024, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Meeting point: Museum entrance In 1274, exactly 750 years ago, Klingental Abbey was founded here at what was then the outermost tip of Kleinbasel and ...

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Foto Roland Lardon
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Drawing and modeling in the museum

Sunday, September 29, 2024 Sunday, October 27, 2024 Sunday, November 17, 2024 each 14-17 h The Romanesque and Gothic cathedral figures in the Museum Kleines Klingental are viewed analytically and ...

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Foto Corridors of Peace, Dornach
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Charity concert with young talents from Basel in aid of girls and women in Chad

Sunday, November 17, 2024, 11 a.m. Large refectory Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert and György Kurtág Collection in aid of the "Corridors of Peace" project for girls and women in Chad ...

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Die künstlerische Leitung von monuments musicaux, v.l.n.r.: Jakob Pilgram, Mischa Sutter, Lea Boesch und Manuel Oswald. Foto Franziska Strauss
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monuments musicaux: Chamber music days in the mirror of the exhibition "Geborgen aus dem Untergrund"

November 22 to 24, 2024 Museum Kleines Klingental The chamber music days monuments musicaux present a weekend with several concerts that deal with the current special exhibition at the Museum Kleines ...

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Ofenkacheln, ein Aquamanile und zahlreiche weitere Tongefässe, die typisch für das 14. Jh. sind, stammen aus dem Brandschutt eines Kellers am Marktplatz. Foto: ABBS, 2023
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Historic roads in and around Basel - scientific observations on construction and use

Wednesday, November 27, 2024, 1 p.m. Monastery kitchen Speaker: Philippe Rentzel, geoarchaeologist, University of Basel In an atmospheric setting, over coffee or tea, experts take a personal look at ...

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Foto Mark Niedermann
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The "Blüthner" on the road

Lunchtime concerts on the 1st Wednesday of the month, 1 to 2 pm Admission free, collection in favor of the musicians February 7, 2024: Mikołaj Woźniak (Poland) March 6, 2024: Laura Mota Pello (Spain) ...

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Staatsarchiv Basel-Stadt
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Curator's tour through the exhibition "Geborgen aus dem Untergrund"

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 2.30 p.m. Meeting point: Museum entrance Curator Sarah Wicki will personally guide you through the exhibition she has created entitled "Salvaged from the Underground - ...

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Die römische Spolie, die an der Freien Strasse zutage kam, zierte einst das Gesims eines antiken Grossbaus in Augusta Raurica. Foto: ABBS, Philippe Saurbeck, 2022
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Searching for clues on site: How did the fragment of a large Roman building end up in Freie Strasse?

Sunday, December 8, 2024, 2 p.m. Meeting point: Market square, in front of the town hall City tour as part of the exhibition "Salvaged from the Underground. Archaeological finds from the center of ...

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Ofenkacheln, ein Aquamanile und zahlreiche weitere Tongefässe, die typisch für das 14. Jh. sind, stammen aus dem Brandschutt eines Kellers am Marktplatz. Foto: ABBS, 2023
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A catastrophe and its consequences - the Basel earthquake of 1356

Wednesday, December 11, 2024, 1 p.m. Monastery kitchen Speakers: Frank Löbbecke, Head of Building Research, Cantonal Monument Preservation Basel-Stadt and Claudia Moddelmog, Historian In an ...

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Ofenkacheln, ein Aquamanile und zahlreiche weitere Tongefässe, die typisch für das 14. Jh. sind, stammen aus dem Brandschutt eines Kellers am Marktplatz. Foto: ABBS, 2023
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Basel, Petersberg - At the beginning of the medieval city

Wednesday, January 29, 2025, 1 p.m. Monastery kitchen Speakers: Sven Billo, Project Manager Middle Ages, Archaeological Soil Research Basel-Stadt and Annina Freitag, Archaeologist In an atmospheric ...

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Ofenkacheln, ein Aquamanile und zahlreiche weitere Tongefässe, die typisch für das 14. Jh. sind, stammen aus dem Brandschutt eines Kellers am Marktplatz. Foto: ABBS, 2023
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Well-traveled - A late Roman dromedary from the Spiegelhof in Basel

Wednesday, February 5, 2025, 1 p.m. Monastery kitchen Speakers: Sabine Deschler-Erb, Head of Archaeozoology, IPNA, University of Basel and Barbara Stopp, Research Associate / Lecturer in ...

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Staatsarchiv Basel-Stadt
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Curator's tour through the exhibition "Geborgen aus dem Untergrund"

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 2.30 p.m. Meeting point: Museum entrance Curator Sarah Wicki will personally guide you through the exhibition she has created entitled "Salvaged from the Underground - ...

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Ofenkacheln, ein Aquamanile und zahlreiche weitere Tongefässe, die typisch für das 14. Jh. sind, stammen aus dem Brandschutt eines Kellers am Marktplatz. Foto: ABBS, 2023
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Space for space - space for space. Genesis and use of inner-city open spaces in the High and Late Middle Ages

Wednesday, March 5, 2025, 1 p.m. Monastery kitchen Speaker: Elias Flatscher, Senior Assistant for Medieval Archaeology, University of Zurich In an atmospheric setting, over coffee or tea, experts will ...

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Staatsarchiv Basel-Stadt
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Curator's tour through the exhibition "Geborgen aus dem Untergrund"

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 2.30 p.m. Meeting point: Museum entrance Curator Sarah Wicki will personally guide you through the exhibition she has created entitled "Salvaged from the Underground - ...

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