Welcome to the Museum der Kulturen Basel! 

Opening hours

Opening hours, main building
Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00
First Wednesday of the month: 10.00 – 20.00
The museum is closed on Mondays.

Opening hours, annex with permanent exhibition «Basel Carnival»
Thursday to Saturday: 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday: 11.00 – 17.00

Opening hours, holidays
Opening hours holidays 2024 (pdf)

Admission fees

Admission fees, whole house with all exhibitions
Adults, 19 years and over: CHF 16
Adolescents 13-18 years: CHF 5
Kids up to 12 years: free entry
Students/Apprentices up to 29 years: CHF 5
Groups of 10 or more, per person: CHF 11
Invalidity pension recipients (AI), including 1 assistant: CHF 11

Holders of the Museums-PASS-Musées or the Swiss Museum Pass, members of the Kulturkreis, members of ICOM/VMS, and members of the Bundesverband der Ethnolog*innen enjoy free entry.

Order your Museums-PASS-Musées here.

Free entry for Universität Basel and FHNW BS/BL students.

Free entry for refugees with status B in addition with «Flüchtlingsstatus» (refugee), F, N or S.

Free entry and reduced admission fees only apply upon presentation of an ID card.

Free entry for all
Happy Day: First Sunday of the month
Happy Hour: last opening hour, Tuesday to Saturday

For a select number of events a surcharge on your admission fee is raised. For more details, go to Programme of Events.

Admission fee for permanent exhibition «Basel Carnival» only
Adults, 19 years and over.: CHF 7
Adolescents 13-18 years: CHF 3
Kids up to 12 years: free entry
Students/Apprentices up to 29 years: CHF 3

Admission fee for Wednesday matinée
Adults, 16 years and over: CHF 10
Kids and adolescents up to 16 years: CHF 5

Prices private guided tours

Museum passes such as the Swiss Museum Pass are not valid for the Wednesday matinée

How to reach us

Getting there by public transport:
Take tram no. 2 (from Bahnhof SBB or Badischer Bahnhof) to the stop “Kunstmuseum” and then proceed by foot through St. Alban-Anlage and Rittergasse and across Münsterplatz until you reach the entrance of the museum at Münsterplatz 20.

By car:
On the motorway, take either the exit “Basel City” or “Badischer Bahnhof” and then follow the park guidance system to the nearest public car park in town.


Barrier free access

Mobility impaired
The museum and the museum courtyard are accessible by wheelchair. All areas in the main building are easily accessible and threshold-free. The same applies to the disabled toilet. Persons accompanying visitors with impaired mobility unable to visit the museum alone, enjoy free entry. A wheelchair is available at the museum. On each floor there is a set of light foldable chairs which can be taken into the exhibition rooms.

Unfortunately, the annex (Basel Carnival exhibition and other occasional events) is not accessible by wheelchair. Some parts of the Museum Bistro Rollerhof can only be accessed with assistance.

Hearing impaired
Every exhibition comes with some form of written information: as handouts in the exhibitions, on our website, or, in some cases, in form of an accompanying publication. Guided tours in sign language are offered once in a while. The dates of these events can be found on our website.

Vision impaired
The captions to the exhibits on display are usually in very small print. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask one of the attendants. Guide dogs and assistance dogs are allowed in the Museum. Please do not touch any of the objects on display.

Download our information on barrier-free access in the museum (pdf, in German)

House rules

Taking photographs and filming
Takes for private purposes are permitted – however, without flash, tripod, or selfie-stick. Please contact the Museum Administration as regards commercial images: info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch, T +41 61 266 56 00

Video surveillance
The Museum relies on video surveillance for security reasons. For more information go to:
Videosurveillance at the Museum der Kulturen Basel (pdf)

Guidelines and rules of conduct

  • Eating, drinking, and smoking are not permitted in the museum
  • Animals have to stay outside, with the exception of guide dogs and medically prescribed assistance dogs (with medical certificate).
  • Rucksacks, bags, and suitcases have to be deposited in the cloakroom. Small handbags up to the size of DIN A4 are allowed in the exhibition galleries.
  • Please deposit your umbrella in the provided stands.
  • The museum attendants are responsible for your safety and that of the exhibits. Please support them at all times and follow their instructions.
Contact secretary’s office and cash desk / entrance

Secretary's office
Mon – Fri: 9.00 – 12.00 and 14.00 – 17.00: T +41 61 266 56 00info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch

Cash desk / entrance
Sat – Sun: 10.00 – 17.00: T +41 61 266 56 45