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Historisches Museum Basel - Haus zum Kirschgarten
Ranked #46 of 160 things to do in Basel
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum in the Mansionbuilt in the late 18th century and repurposed as a museum in 1951, the Haus zum Kirschgarten cannot fail to impress if only on account of its size and the quality of its early Classicist architecture. The mansion of the silk-ribbon manufacturer, Johann Rudolf Burckhardt, houses several world-class collections: the watch and clock collections of Nathan-Rupp and Dr. Eugen Gschwind, a collection of scientific instruments, Basel silverware and toys. But the Museum of Domestic Life is more than that: half the available space is taken up by period rooms from the 18th and 19th centuries that give visitors a glimpse of how the upper echelons of Basel society once lived. The Haus zum Kirschgarten is thus a kind of time capsule promising to make your visit there an unforgettable experience.
Reviewed 9 May 2013

My wife and daughter and I visited this place on the public holiday of The Ascension. The special exhibit of clothing, which was quite beautiful, came with its own booklet, which I mostly ignored in favor of the laminated guide in English on every floor. With a ten-year-old, the top floor of toys, games, and doll houses was a nice treat at the very end. Nearly each room had large porcelain heaters, the style of which I had never seen before. I most enjoyed the kitchen and the bedrooms. The lady at the register spoke excellent English, although the docents on each floor did not. Get a pass that allows you into dozens of museums all around the three-country area in either a 48-hour block or up to one-year.

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Reviewed 31 March 2013

Just walking through the city, we came upon the museum. It was fabulous... an incredible special exhibit as well as the clocks, toys, porcelain, furniture, etc. This provided a fun few hours. Adults 10 fr.

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Reviewed 18 February 2013

Seeing the interior of this eighteenth century mansion is a delight. There's a world class clock and watch exhibit; extraordinary silver and porcelain collections. There are unique tiled ovens, and many more items reflecting wealthy material culture. Two problems: better and more articulate signs and explanations -- especially in English. (Presently, be sure to read the laminated information sheets located in each room.) Also, the present Sheikh Abraham exhibit, while impressive, is located in the same rooms as many of the permenant artifacts .This form of double exhibiting is self defeating and distracting. Despite these comments the museum is well worth a two hour visit. For children, don't forget the toy exhibit on the top floor.

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Reviewed 16 October 2012

The receptionist was lovely , apologizing for lack of English brochures and explanations. Another staff member upstairs insisted on telling me the details to watch for throughout the house and explained that as in most swiss museums, i could leave and revisit the same day , if i kept my ticket.
Fantastical collections of porcelain and clocks& wrought iron decorative pieces.The living areas are wonderfully decorated in grand style but someone had the strange idea to add a collection of Islamic textiles randomly throughout the building. Strange,very strange and in one room the textiles block the view of the room completely. I have nothing against Islamic textiles but if I want to see them it is not in a Swiss house museum! It really detracted from my enjoyment.

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Reviewed 7 October 2012

dosnt look that impressive from the outside but once your inside the house ( theres a fee but very much worth it) there are many rooms and floors to discover, it was better than most stately homes ive visited. dont forget the cellar too as its not marked in english. expect to be in there for atleast 2 hours, probably more like 3, we were told you can go out for lunch for instance and then go back in the same day with the same ticket.

1  Thank MeandSally
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