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Basel Famous Museums (Part 2) (Self Guided), Basel

As previously examined in the first part of Basel's famous museums, visitors were able to experience the fantastic history, culture and heritage of this amazing city. We continue our examination of the best museums in Basel in part two, offering tourists a chance to visit Museum of Pharmacy, Natural History Museum, Dollhouse Museum, Music Museum, Sports Museum of Switzerland and much more.
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Basel Famous Museums (Part 2) Map

Guide Name: Basel Famous Museums (Part 2)
Guide Location: Switzerland » Basel (See other walking tours in Basel)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museum of Pharmacy
  • Natural History Museum
  • Museum of Cultures
  • Dollhouse Museum
  • Music Museum
  • Jewish Museum of Switzerland
  • Sculpture Hall Basel
  • Anatomical Museum
Museum of Pharmacy

1) Museum of Pharmacy (must see)

The Museum of Pharmacy is dedicated to pharmaceutical history and houses one of the world’s largest collections on the subject. It features ceramic pharmaceutical vessels, complete pharmacy interiors, an alchemist laboratory, mortars, first-aid kits, books, medications from bygone eras and everything related to the historic manufacture of pharmaceuticals. It was founded in 1925 by the pharmacist Josef Anton Häfliger when he donated his collection to the University of Basel. It is located in the historical house "Zum Vorderen Sessel", dating back to the 13th century. The building housed an important printing press owned by Johann Amerbach and Johann Froben, which attracted in the early 16th century the humanist Erasmus as well as the alchemist and doctor Paracelsus. It has an important display of ceramics and faience, and one of the world's most extensive collection of obsolete remedies that were commonly used before the 19th century.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Natural History Museum

2) Natural History Museum (must see)

With a heritage dating back over 300 years, the Natural History Museum of Basel in Basel, Switzerland, houses wide-ranging collections primarily focused on the fields of zoology, entomology, mineralogy, anthropology, osteology and paleontology. Its mission is to expand, conserve, explore, document and communicate the over 7.7 million objects in its holdings, which are conceived as an “Archive of Life”. It regularly presents special exhibitions on current topics, offers special events, guided tours and excursions and contributes to various national and international research projects. The museum is a heritage site of national significance.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Cultures

3) Museum of Cultures

The Museum of Cultures Basel is a Swiss museum of ethnography with large and important collections of artifacts, especially from Europe, the South Pacific, Mesoamerica, Tibet and Bali. Both the Museum of Cultures and the Natural History Museum Basel trace their origins to the 1840s, when the city of Basel founded its Museum of Natural History and Ethnography to house artifacts and artworks collected by merchants and travelers. In the early 20th century, the Ethnographic Museum Basel began sponsoring expeditions to enhance its collections. With about 300,000 objects and a similar number of historic photographs, the museum is the largest of its kind in Switzerland and one of the biggest in Europe. The museum's most recent exhibitions have emphasized inter-cultural comparisons and dialog. In 2008, the museum opened a new main entrance on the Münsterplatz, making the museum more accessible and giving it a clearly distinct identity from the Museum of Natural History.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Dollhouse Museum

4) Dollhouse Museum (must see)

Dollhouse Museum in Basel is the largest museum of its kind in Europe. The museum is located at Barfüsserplatz in the city center. The museum displays over 6,000 exhibits (teddy bears, dolls, play shops, dollhouses and miniatures) in arranged vignettes. It also regularly organizes special exhibitions on individual themes. In particular, the teddy bear collection is unique the world over in terms of variety and quality. Gisela Oeri, chairwoman of local football club FC Basel, is heavily involved in the museum on a financial level.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Music Museum

5) Music Museum (must see)

The Music Museum of the Basel History Museum in the former Lohnhof prison houses Switzerland’s largest collection of musical instruments.

The Music Museum is a heritage site of national significance. It was opened in 2000 and presents five centuries of music history with three areas of emphasis: 650 instruments from the 16th to 20th Centuries; concerts, choral music and dance; parades, festivals and signals. Visitors can also hear how the instruments sound via a multimedia information system.

Operating hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Jewish Museum of Switzerland

6) Jewish Museum of Switzerland

Jewish Museum of Switzerland is dedicated to promoting and exhibiting a diverse range of objects related to the Jewish culture and religion. Collections are divided by age and domain, as tourists are sure to admire the Hebrew books, Middle Age documents and ancient coins. Visitors may also learn the rules and history of Jewish religious and civil ceremonies.
Sculpture Hall Basel

7) Sculpture Hall Basel

The Sculpture Hall in Basel is a museum of antique sculptures. It is one of the most significant sculpture museums not only in Switzerland, but also in the world. The special museum contains approximately two thousand exhibits. The Sculpture Hall also sells souvenirs and refreshments.
Anatomical Museum

8) Anatomical Museum (must see)

Anatomical Museum concentrates on the exhibition of both natural and wax models from various body parts and organs. The museum was founded in 1824 by Professor Karl Gustav Jung. The collection of the museum includes 1543 skeletons, as well as a plethora of blood vessels, various organs and nervous system.

Walking Tours in Basel, Switzerland

Create Your Own Walk in Basel

Create Your Own Walk in Basel

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Basel Famous Museums (Part 1)

Basel Famous Museums (Part 1)

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.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Basel Introduction Walk

Basel Introduction 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...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
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: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
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 or 2.9 Miles
Top Religious Edifices

Top Religious Edifices

The churches of Basel are important cultural, religious and architectural elements of the city. The architecture is especially sacred, considering that despite most of the congregations being Catholic, the styles and design remain different. Some, for example, are constructed in a modern style, while others reflect the more ancient designs. Take a tour down the religious edifices of Basel today!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles