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Exhibitions
The Star of Bethlehem

November 17, 2017 - January 7, 2018

The Star of Bethlehem
Sun, Moon and Stars

August 18, 2017 - January 20, 2019

Sun, Moon and Stars
Migration
Moving the World

May 19, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Migration
Big
Things Interpretations Dimensions

Permanent Exhibition

Big
StrawGold
Cultural transformations
rendered visible

Permanent Exhibition

StrawGold
The Carnival of Basel

Permanent Exhibition

The Carnival of Basel
Special Events
Grasping
anthropology

Grasping anthropology
Preview
Secrecy
Who's allowed to know what

13.4. 2018 - 21.4. 2019

Secrecy
 
Contact
Museum der Kulturen Basel
Münsterplatz 20, Postfach, 4001 Basel
T +41 61 266 56 00, Email
Tue to Sun: 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Mon: closed
Every first Wed of the month:
10.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.

> Opening hours exhibition «The Carnival of Basel»

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Lecture and visit to exhibition
HOW DID THE RABBIT GET TO THE MOON?

Lecture and visit to exhibition

HOW DID THE RABBIT GET TO THE MOON?

November 23, 2017

Lecture and visit to exhibition
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HOW DID THE RABBIT GET TO THE MOON?
HOW DID THE RABBIT GET TO THE MOON?
The way we deal with heavenly bodies
November 23, 2017, 18.30 - 21.00

The sun, moon and stars play a key role on earth. Human beings apply a wide range of cultural practices to deal with them. They observe them, try to explain them and represent them in images. The lecture unfolds a panoply of cultural commonalities and differences with regard to the way humans make use of and explain the images they create of heavenly bodies. While, in Europe, the moon is often shown with a friendly face, in Mexico and Japan a rabbit is believed to inhabit the moon.

With Alexander Brust, curator of the exhibition “Sun, Moon and Stars”.
> in german

Entrance fee

The event is part of the Community College course “Sun, Moon and Stars – A Cultural History of Celestial Bodies between Myth and Science”.
Information on the course: Volkshochschule beider Basel, www.hsbb.ch.

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Guided city tour
Migration

Guided city tour

Migration

November 26, 2017

Guided city tour
X
Migration
Migration
“HAVE I ARRIVED AT LAST?” – MIGRANTS SHOW THEIR BASEL
November 26, 2017, 14.00 - 15.30

Get to know Basel from the perspective of migrants and refugees. Which spots and routes in town are important to them? What are their opportunities, where are the limits of their lifeworlds? In a 90-minute tour of the city migrants show us their Basel and tell of their arrival, search and hopes.

With Davide Maniscalco
> in german

CHF 16.--/11.--
Info and booking at least 2 days in advance, info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch or 061 266 56 00

> Kalendereintrag
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Guided tour
StrawGold

Guided tour

StrawGold

November 26, 2017

Guided tour
X
StrawGold
StrawGold
Cultural Transformations Rendered Visible
November 26, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

How come is a Bavarian dirndl made of African cloths? Moreover, in what way are these cloths still African? Objects, ideas and technologies have been travelling between cultures since time immemorial. Learn more about these fascinating entanglements.

With Sarah Labhardt
> in german
> Admission fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
The Star of Bethlehem

Guided tour

The Star of Bethlehem

December 3, 2017

Guided tour
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The Star of Bethlehem
The Star of Bethlehem
December 3, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

The star of Bethlehem is a key Christmas symbol. What it really was has occupied people for centuries. Representations of the star in nativity scenes and religious imagery and nativity plays are as varied as are astrological calculations. Sometimes it is shown as a multi-rayed star, then again as a comet with a tail. The guided tour provides insight into local artistic interpretations as well as scientific explanations.

With Eli Wilhelm
> in german

Free entrance

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Workshop for kids
MY SMALL BOX CRIB

Workshop for kids

MY SMALL BOX CRIB

December 3, 2017

Workshop for kids
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MY SMALL BOX CRIB
MY SMALL BOX CRIB
December 3, 2017, 13.00 - 17.00

This time we turn our attention to Christmas cribs. Whoever is gathered in the stable – classical crib figures or simply a score of animals – the star of Bethlehem always shines above them.

With Regina Mathez
> in german
for kids of 6 and older

Material CHF 5.-

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour, lecture and snack
THE MAGIC OF THE STARS IN A BIBLICAL CONTEXT

Guided tour, lecture and snack

THE MAGIC OF THE STARS IN A BIBLICAL CONTEXT

December 3, 2017

Guided tour, lecture and snack
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THE MAGIC OF THE STARS IN A BIBLICAL CONTEXT
THE MAGIC OF THE STARS IN A BIBLICAL CONTEXT
December 3, 2017, 15.00 - 16.30

The stars cross the heavens on their eternal cycle. They indicate the cardinal points, define the rhythm of night and day, and provide guidance in personal as well as world affairs. But what are they? Gods or merely lights in the sky? Humans have observed the heavens throughout the ages and have come up with a myriad of interpretations. After a guided tour through the exhibition The Star of Bethlehem and a heavenly snack, the theologian Hans-Peter Mathys talks about the heavenly bodies from a biblical perspective.

With Hans-Peter Mathys, emeritus professor for Old Testament Theology and Semitic Linguistics, and Sabine Rotach, head of Education and Programmes.

> in german

CHF 16.-

In collaboration with the Office of Gender Questions and Adult Education of ERK BL and the Forum für Zeitfragen. Number of participants restricted, please book at least two days in advance: info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch or 061 266 56 00.

> Kalendereintrag
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Guided city tour
SECOND HOME BASEL

Guided city tour

SECOND HOME BASEL

December 3, 2017

Guided city tour
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SECOND HOME BASEL
SECOND HOME BASEL
December 3, 2017, 14.00 - 15.30

Without migration Basel would possess fewer town mansions, no Roche Tower, and Lesser Basel would probably look quite different. Over the centuries, people from across the world and from all professions have found a second home in Basel and have helped to make the city what it is. Discover their traces on this historical tour of the city and get to hear some of their stories and histories.

With Antonio Russo
> in german

CHF 16.--/11.--
Info and booking at least 2 days in advance, info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch or 061 266 56 00

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Discussion and guided tour
Grasping anthropology

Discussion and guided tour

Grasping anthropology

December 6, 2017

Discussion and guided tour
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Grasping anthropology
Grasping anthropology
December 6, 2017, 18.00 - 20.00

A room full of stars, a theologian and an anthropologist: that’s the lineup that awaits you this evening. Theologian Josef Imbach and curator Alexander Brust take you through the exhibition The Star of Bethlehem and fathom what the celestial objects show, mean and communicate. In what other contexts the famous comet features is the topic of the following discussion.

With Josef Imbach, Alexander Brust, curator for America, and Sabine Rotach, head of Education and Programmes.
> in german

Admission fee

> Link to 'Grasping antropology'

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
SUN, MOON AND STARS

Guided tour

SUN, MOON AND STARS

December 10, 2017

Guided tour
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SUN, MOON AND STARS
SUN, MOON AND STARS
December 10, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

What are stars: gods or celestial bodies? Omens or phenomena? Across the ages peoples have cultivated their own ideas about the sun, the moon and the stars, as a statue of the Aztec sun god Tonatiuh, amulets from Europe, and the example of a pocket sundial go to show. The guided tour explores how heavenly bodies were viewed, represented and interpreted across cultures with the help of a fascinating array of artefacts, ranging from everyday items to powerful ritual objects.

With Margrit Gontha
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided city tour
Migration

Guided city tour

Migration

December 10, 2017

Guided city tour
X
Migration
Migration
“HAVE I ARRIVED AT LAST?” – MIGRANTS SHOW THEIR BASEL
December 10, 2017, 14.00 - 15.30

Get to know Basel from the perspective of migrants and refugees. Which spots and routes in town are important to them? What are their opportunities, where are the limits of their lifeworlds? In a 90-minute tour of the city migrants show us their Basel and tell of their arrival, search and hopes.

With Rstam Aloush
> in german

CHF 16.--/11.--
Info and booking at least 2 days in advance, info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch or 061 266 56 00

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
The Star of Bethlehem

Guided tour

The Star of Bethlehem

December 17, 2017

Guided tour
X
The Star of Bethlehem
The Star of Bethlehem
December 17, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

The star of Bethlehem is a key Christmas symbol. What it really was has occupied people for centuries. Representations of the star in nativity scenes and religious imagery and nativity plays are as varied as are astrological calculations. Sometimes it is shown as a multi-rayed star, then again as a comet with a tail. The guided tour provides insight into local artistic interpretations as well as scientific explanations.

With Eli Wilhelm
> in german

Admission fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided city tour
Migration

Guided city tour

Migration

December 17, 2017

Guided city tour
X
Migration
Migration
“HAVE I ARRIVED AT LAST?” – MIGRANTS SHOW THEIR BASEL
December 17, 2017, 14.00 - 15.30

Get to know Basel from the perspective of migrants and refugees. Which spots and routes in town are important to them? What are their opportunities, where are the limits of their lifeworlds? In a 90-minute tour of the city migrants show us their Basel and tell of their arrival, search and hopes.

With Banafshe Dodangeh
> in german

CHF 16.--/11.--
Info and booking at least 2 days in advance, info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch or 061 266 56 00

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
The Star of Bethlehem

Guided tour

The Star of Bethlehem

December 24, 2017

Guided tour
X
The Star of Bethlehem
The Star of Bethlehem
December 24, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

The star of Bethlehem is a key Christmas symbol. What it really was has occupied people for centuries. Representations of the star in nativity scenes and religious imagery and nativity plays are as varied as are astrological calculations. Sometimes it is shown as a multi-rayed star, then again as a comet with a tail. The guided tour provides insight into local artistic interpretations as well as scientific explanations.

With Eli Wilhelm
> in german

Admission fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided tour
SUN, MOON AND STARS

Guided tour

SUN, MOON AND STARS

December 31, 2017

Guided tour
X
SUN, MOON AND STARS
SUN, MOON AND STARS
December 31, 2017, 11.00 - 12.00

What are stars: gods or celestial bodies? Omens or phenomena? Across the ages peoples have cultivated their own ideas about the sun, the moon and the stars, as a statue of the Aztec sun god Tonatiuh, amulets from Europe, and the example of a pocket sundial go to show. The guided tour explores how heavenly bodies were viewed, represented and interpreted across cultures with the help of a fascinating array of artefacts, ranging from everyday items to powerful ritual objects.

With Margrit Gontha
> in german

Entrance fee

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
Guided city tour
SECOND HOME BASEL

Guided city tour

SECOND HOME BASEL

December 31, 2017

Guided city tour
X
SECOND HOME BASEL
SECOND HOME BASEL
December 31, 2017, 14.00 - 15.30

Without migration Basel would possess fewer town mansions, no Roche Tower, and Lesser Basel would probably look quite different. Over the centuries, people from across the world and from all professions have found a second home in Basel and have helped to make the city what it is. Discover their traces on this historical tour of the city and get to hear some of their stories and histories.

With Nadja Siebentritt
> in german

CHF 16.--/11.--
Info and booking at least 2 days in advance, info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch or 061 266 56 00

> Kalendereintrag
> PDF
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