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Basel Historical Museum - Haus zum Kirschgarten

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Basel Historical Museum - Haus zum Kirschgarten

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Elisabethenstrasse 27, Basel 4051 Switzerland
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Explore Basel’s historic Old Town, hear stories from the dim and distant past and discover what makes the city special on this 2-hour Basel walking tour. Follow a guide through Basel’s pretty Old Town and gain insight into its 15th-century history. Take in top city attractions such as Basel Minster, the Barfüsserkirche, City Hall, the Museum der Kulturen and Tinguely Fountain. Along the way, admire the city’s bold and modern architecture, and see how the centuries have shaped the Basel of today.
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Douglas645 wrote a review Nov 2019
Horsham, United Kingdom211 contributions97 helpful votes
We had a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours here. There is lots to see : timepieces, porcelain, toys and how Basel houses were furnished. It is a beautiful house. As an added bonus there is a written English language guide on each floor which is well written..
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Judith B wrote a review May 2019
Doncaster, United Kingdom22 contributions5 helpful votes
This house is so worth a visit with so much to see. Unfortunately we ran out of time so weren’t able to see the full range of exhibits. There is plenty of information about each room and its beautiful contents as well as a tablet for some of the exhibits. It wasn’t easy to find (we needed help with directions from the Tourist Information Office) but I am so glad we persevered. The house has been furnished with items from other Basel houses but is all of the period and in beautiful condition. We will definitely go back if we return to Basel.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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gscaw wrote a review Dec 2018
Bangkok, Thailand33 contributions29 helpful votes
The Haus zum Kirschgarden was high on our list of museums to visit so that is where we headed on Boxing Day, alas due to the discriminatory practices adopted by this museum we could only just get through the front door. My step-father has a guide dog who is simply wonderful and impeccably behaved but the moment we walked through the door the staff took issue with her. Cultural diversity training appears to have been missed and despite explanation that EU Law prevents those with guide dogs being discriminated words fell on deaf ears. I asked to speak with the manager and was told that was not possible. It was also said that the staff are all too poorly paid to have any perspective of if it was correct to discriminate. We were very surprised that such behaviour could be tolerated in Switzerland and I visited the tourist office to raise the issue, they too did not understand.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Response from ManuelE1375, Manager at Basel Historical Museum - Haus zum Kirschgarten
Responded 3 Jan 2019
Hi gscaw We are pleased that the Haus zum Kirschgarten was high on your list of museums to visit. Unfortunately your visit on Boxing Day did not meet your expectations on a visit in a museum in Switzerland and especially in Basel. Even if Switzerland is not part of the EU and not under the EU Law we allow guide dogs and other aided animals in our museums. As you can imagine during the winter holiday season only the hospitality staff is on site. Meaning there was no manager for you to contact on your Boxing Day. The information regarding the guide dogs was mistakenly given. Our staff is trained and instructed to allow these animals in our museum. We will take this up on our next training session. Furthermore, the staff isn't poorly paid. All our employees are paid by the government of the Canton Basel-Stadt and salaries are fair. We can only apologize for your and your step-father's discriminating stay in our Haus zum Kirschgarten. As member of the board of directors I will personaly stand up for this case and will assure you that it will never happen again. N. Manuel Eichenberger Managing Director
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MikeT19278 wrote a review Nov 2018
San Jose, California152 contributions88 helpful votes
There are three outposts of the Basel Historical Museum. This review is only for the Haus zum Kirschgarten. I think I was the first visitor on the day that I visited, so I got all sorts of handy information from the very helpful woman at the front desk. Between my broken German and her broken English, we figured out that I was interested in the clocks and scientific instruments. Most of the descriptions in the museum are in German (although there are translation books in each room if you look around for them), but she gave me a guide book and a tablet with all the descriptions in English. Very nice and very helpful! This museum is in the home of a wealthy Basel family and the top two floors go through what the rooms would have looked like at the time they lived there. The ground floor and basement house an amazing collection of watches, clocks, and antique scientific instruments. (I spent most of my time here.) . The top floor (up in the attic) has a very interesting toy collection. A great little museum, especially if you're interested in antique clocks and scientific instruments. Be sure to use your Basel Card to get in at half-price!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from Pat S, Manager at Basel Historical Museum - Haus zum Kirschgarten
Responded 15 Nov 2018
Thank you very much for your detailed feedback! We are happy you have enjoyed your visit, especially our clock, scientific and toy collection. It would be a pleasure to welcome you again another time.
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Dr Auston Louis wrote a review Oct 2018
Albuquerque, New Mexico131 contributions54 helpful votes
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This pristine museum displays rooms exactly as they appeared in the home of a wealthy person, Johann Burckhardt, from 1775 to 1780. Exquisite tapestries, detailed oil portraits and the finest decor of that period lavishly adorn a multitude of rooms on several floors, plus an extrnsive collection of antique clocks and watches. It is indeed a venture back into history.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from Pat S, Manager at Basel Historical Museum - Haus zum Kirschgarten
Responded 21 Oct 2018
Thank you very much for your detailed feedback. We are happy you have enjoyed your visit at our museum and hope to welcome you again at one of our museums another time.
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