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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 206 62 62
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Excellent museum

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The Kunstmuseum Basel is home to one of the largest and oldest public museum collections in Europe. In its unique history, it has assembled works from the early fifteenth century to the present. The Kunstmuseum Basel houses the Galerie (Gallery) and the Kupferstichkabinett (Department of Prints and Drawings). The main focus is on paintings and drawings by artists active in the Upper Rhine region between 1400 and 1600 and of the 19th and 21st century. The Kunstmuseum Basel possesses the world`s largest collection of works by the Holbein family. Further examples of Renaissance art include major pieces by masters such as Konrad Witz, Martin Schongauer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Matthias Grünewald. Most of these early treasures originally belonged to the collection of a Basel lawyer, Basilius Amerbach. Purchased by the city in 1661, they formed the core of the world`s first public municipal museum. Paintings by Basel-born Arnold Böcklin feature among the 19th-century highlights. In the field of 20th-century art, the accent is on Cubism (Picasso, Braque, Léger), German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism and American art since 1950. Contemporary art is exhibited at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Museum of Contemporary Art).
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Reviewed yesterday

Plan on a 3 hour time to fully appreciate the museum. It is best appreciated with a guide or download the app to your phone.

Thank Kelley W
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The fine arts museum is one of the worlds greater museums and is a must when you visit Basel. You can spend hours there if you are a art lover. My family found it to be excellent.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It‘s a interesting museum. I visited Basel on a weekend- trip from Zurich. Reachable easily by tram.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has a great variety of impressive art in a beautiful facility! An enjoyable afternoon! Many Picasso's!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Classic art Museum, a collection of paintings from the classics to the present. Holbein, Bruegel, Delacroix, Dali, Picasso. All these paintings are worth seeing, even if You meet them not for the first time. The ticket is sold one for all three buildings of the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For the size & amount of space, & particularly wall space, this has to be the most sparsely hung art gallery/museum I’ve ever attended. The Picasso story didn’t have English language commentary though did have written story. We felt somewhat disappointed

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Picasso, Braque, Mondrian, Magritte, Rodin, Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, Renoir. Kuntsmuseum of Basel is the best art museum of Switzerland.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very good museum with a large collection of paintings from different eras and styles. My favorite part was on the third floor

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We used the Basel card supplied by the hotel for a 50% admission discount. It would have been a bargain at full price. We only completed two of the three buildings, and saw outstanding artworks. Perhaps equally important was the beauty of the facilities. Just...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cannot give this a fair comment after 2 hours in the museum,as it is huge. The art displayed is of the highest quality.My wife has been a docent in a fine art museum for 20 years and she marveled at the exhibits.Cost of entry was...More

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judybudy
1 April 2017|
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Response from sbokhari53 | Reviewed this property |
On the first Sunday of every month, the entrance is free, except to the special exhibit areas
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Dilara T
5 February 2017|
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Response from bonneylaketapps | Reviewed this property |
Want to stress it: the museum is not free even if you have Swill Rail Pass. This is one of few museums in Switzerland that are not included in the list of free museums with Swiss Rail Pass
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lovenewplaces
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Response from Redfoody2015 | Reviewed this property |
If you are planning to visit Basel, give yourself enough time to thoroughly enjoy the main building. Depending on when you plan to be in Basel, my suggestion would be to visit the museum websites which you would like to... More
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