Basel Famous Museums (Part 1), Basel

Basel is a city with a rich history, diverse culture and splendid setting. Thus, the local museums are loaded with phenomenal collections, sure to make your visit entertaining, insightful and educational. If you plan on spending multiple days in Basel, make sure you reserve at least one day for the museums.
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Basel Famous Museums (Part 1) Map

Guide Name: Basel Famous Museums (Part 1)
Guide Location: Switzerland » Basel (See other walking tours in Basel)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: Cathy
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Basel Historical Museum: The House in the Cherry Garden

1) Basel Historical Museum: The House in the Cherry Garden (must see)

Opened in 1894, the Basel Historical Museum is one of the largest and most important museums of its kind in Switzerland, and a heritage site of national significance.

The museum is divided into four sections (buildings), three of which are within the city of Basel. These are Barfüsserkirche, Haus zum Kirschgarten and the Musikmuseum. The fourth section, the Coach and Carriage Museum lies slightly outside Basel, in the neighbouring town of Münchenstein.

The museum houses the Upper Rhine’s most comprehensive cultural history collection and the display area covers 6,200 square meters. The exhibition presents objects documenting handicraft traditions and everyday culture from ages past. Its focus is on the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance up to the Baroque period. Leading highlights include: the Basel Cathedral treasure, the Basel and Strasbourg tapestries, the fragments of Basel’s dance of death, altars and ecclesiastical graphic works, the estate of Erasmus of Rotterdam, the coin cabinet and glass painting. The museum also preserves old cabinets of curiosities which have been bequeathed, as Amerbach cabinet and Faesch cabinet, which works great collectors Basel sixteenth and seventeenth century.

Operating hours: Tuesday - Friday, Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 1 am – 5 pm

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Arts Сenter (Kunsthalle) & Swiss Architecture Museum

2) Arts Сenter (Kunsthalle) & Swiss Architecture Museum (must see)

Since opening in 1872, Kunsthalle Basel has staked out and explored positions of contemporary art. This renowned exhibition institution in the Swiss City Basel can look back on a long tradition of supporting the avant-garde and expanding the accepted boundaries of contemporary art. Current art is also reflected on and discussed through lectures, performances and video and film showings. The historic building was modernized in 2004 by the architects Miller & Maranta and has since also housed the Swiss Architecture Museum.

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Basel Historical Museum: Barfüsserkirche

3) Basel Historical Museum: Barfüsserkirche (must see)

Opened in 1894, the Basel Historical Museum is one of the largest and most important museums of its kind in Switzerland, and a heritage site of national significance. The main part of the museum is located in the Barfüsserkirche (literally ‘Barefeet Church’) in the center of the city of Basel. The exhibition presents objects documenting handicraft traditions and everyday culture from ages past. Its focus is on the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance up to the Baroque period. Leading highlights include: the Basel Cathedral treasure, the Basel and Strasbourg tapestries, the fragments of Basel’s dance of death, altars and ecclesiastical graphic works, the estate of Erasmus of Rotterdam, the coin cabinet and glass painting. The museum also preserves old cabinets of curiosities which have been bequeathed, as Amerbach cabinet and Faesch cabinet, which works great collectors Basel sixteenth and seventeenth century.

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Basel Museum of Ancient Art and Ludwig Collection

4) Basel Museum of Ancient Art and Ludwig Collection

Founded in 1961, the Basel Museum of Ancient Art and Ludwig Collection is one of the many museums in the Swiss city of Basel and a heritage site of national significance. The museum is devoted exclusively to the art of ancient civilizations from the 4th millennium B.C. to the 7th century A.D. The only one of its kind in Switzerland, the museum shows works of art from the Mediterranean region, predominantly from the period from 1000 B.C. to 300 A.D. A central position is occupied by the collection of Greek vases and sculptures and the Ancient Egyptian section. Further objects are from the Near East and Cyprus.

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Kunstmuseum Basel

5) Kunstmuseum Basel (must see)

The Kunstmuseum Basel houses the largest and most significant public art collection in Switzerland, and is listed as a heritage site of national significance. Its lineage extends back to the Amerbach Cabinet purchased by the city of Basel in 1661, which made it the first municipally owned museum. Its collection is distinguished by an impressively wide historic span, from the early 15th century up to the immediate present. Its various areas of emphasis give it international standing as one of the most significant museums of its kind. These encompass: paintings and drawings by artists active in the Upper Rhine region between 1400 and 1600 and on the art of the 19th to 21st centuries. The Kunstmuseum possesses the largest collection of works by the Holbein family.

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Caricature & Cartoon Museum (Cartoonmuseum)

6) Caricature & Cartoon Museum (Cartoonmuseum) (must see)

The Cartoonmuseum Basel (founded in 1979) is devoted to cartoons, parodies and pastiches of works of art and artists, comics and caricatures. The Basel museum is the only one of its kind within a radius of 500 kilometers. Encompassing some 3,000 original works by over 700 artists from the 20th and 21st centuries from over three dozen countries, the collection’s holdings are shown in thematic and monografic temporary exhibitions. The museum is a heritage site of national significance. It resides in a historical building dating from the late Gothic period, which has been extended by a new wing designed by the architects Herzog & de Meuron who also restyled the foyer and art shop in 2005.

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Museum of Contemporary Art

7) Museum of Contemporary Art (must see)

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Basel opened in 1980 as the first public museum in Europe exclusively dedicated to the production and practice of contemporary art from the 1960s to the present. It is a heritage site of national significance. In addition to classic media such as painting and sculpture, it also collects video art. Focal points of the collection include the work of Joseph Beuys, Bruce Nauman, Rosemarie Trockel, Jeff Wall and current American art (Robert Gober, Elizabeth Peyton, Matthew Barney). The Museum of Contemporary Art displays works of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation and the Kunstmuseum Basel. Since 2003, all holdings of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation that are not shown in the museum are housed in the Schaulager in Muttenz.

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Paper Museum

8) Paper Museum (must see)

Paper Museum, also known as the "Paper Mill", is a unique museum and workshop. The museum was built in 1980 and hosts the exhibits of a former corn mill, hammer mill and paper mill. Visitors are offered a rare chance to participate in the production of their very own sheet of paper, as well as to watch specialists work on ancient production machines.

Walking Tours in Basel, Switzerland

Create Your Own Walk in Basel

Create Your Own Walk in Basel

Creating your own self-guided walk in Basel is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Basel's Right Bank

Basel's Right Bank

Unlike the other part of Basel sitting on the left bank of the Rhine, the city's right bank is dominated by old buildings and, as such, represents a great deal of interest to the history and architecture buffs, as well as those keen on medieval European heritage. If you're one of them, follow this walk and discover the sights of the right-bank part of Basel!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Riehen in Basel

Riehen in Basel

Despite Riehen being a small municipality, the territory is covered with a large number of interesting buildings as well as entertaining attractions. Thus, this tour guide is completely reserved for Riehen and the many exciting ventures you may observe during your stay.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Basel Nightlife Tour

Basel Nightlife Tour

Basel is a city with a very busy and exciting nightlife. The selection of nightclubs, discos, strip bars and lounges is incredibly diverse and will satisfy individuals of any taste. Night spots inside the city are often crowded (locals and tourists alike), so make sure you arrive early and stay late!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Straddling the river Rhine in the northwest part of Switzerland on the very border with France and Germany, Basel is renowned for its numerous historic sights. The most notable of them include medieval Marktplatz in the city center, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Rathaus (Town Hall). The city's 12th-century Gothic cathedral (Basel Münster) is a major local landmark and a burial site of the 16th-century Dutch scholar, Erasmus. Take this orientation walk and learn more about these and other attractions of Basel.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Basel Children Entertainment Tour

Basel Children Entertainment Tour

Basel is a city with numerous opportunities for children to be entertained. The boys will surely be delighted by all the running and climbing at a venue like Schützenmattpark, while the girls will enjoy the enormous dollhouse. Then, there are the locations for both sexes including The Botanical Garden, toy shop and zoo.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Basel Shopping

Basel Shopping

Basel, one of the most modern cities in Switzerland, is consequently also a top-notch shopping location. The city combines a great selection of the country's traditional products along with souvenirs and other memorabilia sure to please the tourists. So if you're looking for a fantastic new gift, what's to stop you from visiting one of the many outstanding shops in Basel?

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Basel for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Basel has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Basel, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.