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Basel Historical Museum

Barfusserplatz 7 | Barfüsserplatz 7, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 205 86 00
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Very Historically

This museum is located in city centre. You have to buy ticket to enter however with Basel card you... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
sema b
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Nothing special

The building has some atmosphere (after all, it is a church), and while the presentation of the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Anna T
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The late Gothic church of the mendicant Franciscan Order has housed the museum (Barfüsserkirche) since 1894. It is also the main building of the museum, which with its four separate sites counts as the most important historical museum on the Upper Rhine. The main focus of the permanent exhibition installed there is Basel’s identity as a place where Swiss, French and German culture intersect. The highlights of the collection, which include the Cathedral Treasury, fragments of the Basel Dance of Death, late medieval tapestries and the Amerbach Cabinet, are among the city’s greatest attractions. The region’s rich archaeological heritage dating back to the time of the Celts is also presented. With its choice of themes and chapters, the Barfüsser Church enables visitors to time-travel through Basel’s eventful history while seeking additional information from the numerous multimedia stations provided en route.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Barfusserplatz 7 | Barfüsserplatz 7, Basel 4051, Switzerland
Altstadt
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+41 61 205 86 00
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"old church"
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"cathedral treasury"
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"the ground floor"
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"temporary exhibition"
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"religious art"
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"worth a visit"
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"entrance fee"
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"stained glass"
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"death"
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"tapestries"
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"guild"
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"history"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This museum is located in city centre. You have to buy ticket to enter however with Basel card you can use discount %50. If you love history visit it

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Reviewed 2 days ago

The building has some atmosphere (after all, it is a church), and while the presentation of the objects is nice, I found the collection kind of random and not particularly interesting. Pretty standard museum.

Thank Anna T
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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

I walked over curious as it was behind a Christmas market (they open on the 25th November here & are identical to those in Berlin but twice the price). I had an initial look inside but a short female usher quickly took me away from...More

Thank D L
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

This museum looks relatively small from the outside, being housed in an old church building, but it is so packed full of information and artefacts that a museum-lover could easily spend an entire day here. The permanent collection contains a good mixture of historical items,...More

1  Thank coarica
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Reviewed 3 August 2017

Head straight for the basement where you will find a mind-blowing exhibition of artefacts collected by Renaissance men, including globes, filigree ivories, crystals, clocks, dried plants, taxidermy, paintings, miniature sculptures, scientific instruments, antiquities, exotica and all manner of curiosities – scientists and collectors began amassing...More

1  Thank machineryofnight88
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

I would have liked a bit more general information about the citys history, but when you move down the basement there are nice exhibitions about the city´s past. Beautiful treasures, including the munster-treasure on the balcony. If you like history it is worth a visit

2  Thank Nordboen
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Reviewed 10 June 2017

This museum is in an old cathedral, which is really interesting. The museum itself has beautiful artworks and an interesting selection of collections, including ancient and medieval artifacts. I'd definitely recommend checking it out.

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Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Plenty to see on three floors. If you do not understand German, you will be lent a Samsung notebook in exchange of your ID and it is very handy. There is a bit of everything: tapestries, astrolables, religious art...It does form however a coherent ensemble....More

1  Thank FleurNastia
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

The museum is housed in an old church, and is larger than you expect from the outside. Part of the museum has been recently reinstalled, and the displays of the artefacts are very well done. It is packed with historical objects from the city, from...More

1  Thank Katrien S
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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Honestly I wish we'd known ahead of time that it was so big, because we actually just came in to look around and it was a beautiful day out. We didn't intend to stay there for so long but there were so many different displays...More

1  Thank Sharon F
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