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Basel Historical Museum – Bafüsserkirche

History and tradition
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 three separate sites: whereas the Barfüsserkirche and the Haus zum Kirschgarten both boast a wide range of exhibits, the Museum of Music has a much narrower focus. All three 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.

Barfüsserkirche: The permanent exhibition is broken down into thirteen sections, each devoted to a different aspect of the history of Basel and the cultural history of Europe. The ninety “chapters” of exhibits spread over three levels cover a time span of more than 2,500 years and enable visitors to make connections between past and present.

The archaeological finds lead from the first Celtic settlements to the rule of the bishops. The late medieval world is represented by several major collections, including the Basel Cathedral Treasury and Basel Dance of Death, a superb collection of tapestries and works of pre-Reformation ecclesiastical art. Presented as a Great Cabinet of Curiosities, the section on the Early Modern Age highlights Basel's tradition of private collecting and reveals how people of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries viewed the world. Erasmus of Rotterdam, the Amerbach and Faesch families, the natural philosopher Felix Platter and the historian Jacob Burckhardt are among the great Basel-based collectors represented here. The coin cabinet allows visitors to retrace the “world's history in the hand” from Ancient Greece to the present.

Basel Historical Museum has been housed in the Barfüsser Church, a Gothic mendicant order church, since 1894. Between 1996 and 2011, the permanent exhibition spread over approx. 2,400 m2 was comprehensively modernized and redesigned.

Temporary exhibitions

Basel Historical Museum – Bafüsserkirche
Musée historique de Bâle – Bafüsserkirche
Historisches Museum Basel – Bafüsserkirche
Suitable for families
Opening hours
Open all year
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00-17:00
Closed on
Basel Historical Museum – Bafüsserkirche
Barfüsserplatz 7
+41 61 205 86 00

47.554526, 7.589333