Guided tour

Memory
4 October 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Memory
Moments of Remembering and Forgetting
4 October 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The exhibition playfully reveals practices by which people commemorate important moments in life, but quickly also forget about them again. From birth to death, significant events are passed down by word of mouth, chiselled in stone, or, as the case may be, kept secret.

> With Eli Wilhelm

> In German

Free entry

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Kids and families

Entrance of a royal couple
4 October 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Ein Königspaar tritt auf
Kids and families
Entrance of a royal couple
4 October 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

We make stick puppets out of wooden spoons, taking the Indian story of Prince Rama and Princess Sita from the “Memory” exhibition as our source of inspiration.

> With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

> Material CHF 5.–

Free entry

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> PDF

Ein Königspaar tritt auf

Grasping anthropology

Benin Bronzes – The Museum der Kulturen Basel also has a few
7 October 2020 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Benin Bronzen – auch im Museum der Kulturen Basel
Grasping anthropology
Benin Bronzes – The Museum der Kulturen Basel also has a few
7 October 2020, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

The so-called Benin Bronzes, which the British looted from the royal palace of Benin, Nigeria, and shipped to England in 1897, look back on an eventful history. In the exhibition “Memory – Moments of Remembering and Forgetting” there are three Benin objects on display: two memorial heads and a relief plate. What was their function in the Kingdom of Benin, what was lost to memory when they were stolen, how did they reach Basel, and what do they tell us about colonial and global entanglement?

> With curator Franziska Jenni

> In German

Admission fee

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> PDF

Benin Bronzen – auch im Museum der Kulturen Basel

Guided tour

Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
11 October 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut
Guided tour
Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
11 October 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Museums are facing challenging times: what seemed a must for an ethnographic museum in the past – for example, a collection of human skulls – is now a sensitive issue. The guided tour explores the motives behind the collecting mania of earlier days and poses questions as to the appropriate handling of sensitive objects today.

> With Réka Mascher-Frigyesi

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut

Guided tour

Memory
18 October 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Memory
Moments of Remembering and Forgetting
18 October 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The exhibition playfully reveals practices by which people commemorate important moments in life, but quickly also forget about them again. From birth to death, significant events are passed down by word of mouth, chiselled in stone, or, as the case may be, kept secret.

> With Nadja Breger

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

World views
25 October 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weltsichten
Guided tour
World views
25 October 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Explore the museum and its history: get to hear about adventurous expeditions and meticulous collecting, discover surprising objects from all corners of the world, and learn what modern anthropology is all about.

> With Antonio Russo

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Weltsichten

Guided tour

Day of the dead – family feast and cultural heritage
1 November 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Totentag – Familienfest und Kulturerbe
Guided tour
Day of the dead – family feast and cultural heritage
1 November 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

All Saints’ and All Souls’ are celebrated in Mexico as a lively and joyful reunion with deceased family members. As a matter of fact, the “Día de Muertos“ even features in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The guided tour of the “Memory” exhibition sheds light on the Day of the Dead’s many facets – from cultural politics to favoured foods of the dead.

> With curator Alexander Brust

> In German

Free entry

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> PDF

Totentag – Familienfest und Kulturerbe

Kids and families

Creepily beautiful for Halloween
1 November 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Gruselig-schön an Halloween
Kids and families
Creepily beautiful for Halloween
1 November 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a joyful and colourful event. Bright, flower-decorated skulls are a particularly popular adornment. They serve us as inspiration for our Halloween masks.

> With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

> Material CHF 5.–

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Gruselig-schön an Halloween

Grasping anthropology

Values in times of uncertainty
4 November 2020 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Werte in unsicheren Zeiten
Grasping anthropology
Values in times of uncertainty
4 November 2020, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

In times of uncertainty, values tend to undergo changes. Some things become unimportant, others gain in significance. Values are often also associated with precious objects such as a roll of feather money from the Solomon Islands or a Maori feather cloak. But what makes an object valuable? On a tour through the exhibitions, we discuss the question of cultural valuation with the help of selected exhibits.

> With curator Beatrice Voirol and Réka Mascher-Frigyesi, Learning and Programmes

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Werte in unsicheren Zeiten

Guided tour

Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
8 November 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut
Guided tour
Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
8 November 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Museums are facing challenging times: what seemed a must for an ethnographic museum in the past – for example, a collection of human skulls – is now a sensitive issue. The guided tour explores the motives behind the collecting mania of earlier days and poses questions as to the appropriate handling of sensitive objects today.

> With curator Beatrice Voirol

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut

Guided tour

Memory
15 November 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Memory
Moments of Remembering and Forgetting
15 November 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The exhibition playfully reveals practices by which people commemorate important moments in life, but quickly also forget about them again. From birth to death, significant events are passed down by word of mouth, chiselled in stone, or, as the case may be, kept secret.

> With Sabine Rotach

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Enlightened
22 November 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Enlightened
The Realm of the Buddhas
22 November 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What is so captivating about the Buddha? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With curator Stephanie Lovász

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Special event

Searching for the Buddha
25 November 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Special event
Searching for the Buddha
25 November 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The exhibition “Enlightened – The World of the Buddhas” features numerous representations of different Buddhas. Today we focus on the historical Buddha, Buddha Shakyamuni. We try to fathom him with the aid of historical facts, testimonies, his teachings, and artistic representations.

> With curator Stephanie Lovász

> In German

> Calendar
> PDF

Workshop for adults

Furoshiki, Washi and Co – Wrapping presents Japanese style
28 November 2020 11:00 AM - 16:00 PM
Furoshiki, Washi und Co. – Geschenke verpacken auf japanische Art
Workshop for adults
Furoshiki, Washi and Co – Wrapping presents Japanese style
28 November 2020, 11:00 AM - 16:00 PM

A Japanes furoshiki is a square piece of cloth that is used for different purposes: as a type of lunchbox, as a carrier bag for personal items, or for wrapping presents. Participants are introduced to different knotting and folding techniques for elegantly wrapping objects of different size and shape in either cloth or paper. In this way, the wrap itself already becomes a gift.

> With Regina Mathez, Learning and Programmes

> CHF 95.–

Please, bring with you a picnic for lunch and an item for wrapping.

14 participants at most, please register by Monday 23.11. under 061 266 56 00 or at info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch

> Calendar
> PDF

Furoshiki, Washi und Co. – Geschenke verpacken auf japanische Art

Guided tour

Enlightened
29 November 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Enlightened
The Realm of the Buddhas
29 November 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What is so captivating about the Buddha? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With Anna Buser

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Grasping anthropology

Encounters with the Buddha
2 December 2020 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Grasping anthropology
Encounters with the Buddha
2 December 2020, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

What makes Buddhism so popular? What kind of transformations and reinterpretations has the Buddha’s teachings experienced in their more than two-thousand-year history? We invite you to explore the many facets of Buddhism and learn more about it through its imagery and ideas.

> With the curators Stephanie Lovász and Ursula Regehr

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Enlightened
6 December 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Enlightened
6 December 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Why does the Buddha fascinate so many people? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With Sarah Labhardt

> In German

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Kids and families

Shining lotus blossoms
6 December 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Leuchtende Lotusblüten
Kids and families
Shining lotus blossoms
6 December 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

The lotus is a special flower. All dirt seems to magically pearl off which is why the lotus flower stands for purity in Buddhism. Using paper and colours we make a lotus lamp to guide us through the dark days ahead.

> With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

> Material CHF 5.–

Free entry

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Leuchtende Lotusblüten

Visitors with special needs

Enlightened
6 December 2020 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Visitors with special needs
Enlightened
6 December 2020, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

What is so captivating about the Buddha? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With Lua Leirner

> In German sign language

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Special event

Artfully wrapped
12 December 2020 12:00 - 16:00 PM
Kunstvoll verpackt
Special event
Artfully wrapped
12 December 2020, 12:00 - 16:00 PM

Our museum shop offers gifts for all ages and occasions. In addition, this weekend we provide a special pre-Xmas service: no matter whether it’s a shawl, jewellery, a book, or a game – we wrap all your gifts Japanese style.

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Kunstvoll verpackt

Guided tour

Enlightened
13 December 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Enlightened
Die Welt der Buddhas
13 December 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What is so captivating about the Buddha? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With Nadja Breger

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Special event

Artfully wrapped
13 December 2020 12:00 - 16:00 PM
Kunstvoll verpackt
Special event
Artfully wrapped
13 December 2020, 12:00 - 16:00 PM

Our museum shop offers gifts for all ages and occasions. In addition, this weekend we provide a special pre-Xmas service: no matter whether it’s a shawl, jewellery, a book, or a game – we wrap all your gifts Japanese style.

> Calendar
> PDF

Kunstvoll verpackt

Guided tour

Enlightened
20 December 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Enlightened
Die Welt der Buddhas
20 December 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What is so captivating about the Buddha? What makes his teachings so appealing? The guided tour offers enlightenment.

> With Sarah Labhardt

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Memory
27 December 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Memory
Momente des Erinnerns und Vergessens
27 December 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The exhibition playfully reveals practices by which people commemorate important moments in life, but quickly also forget about them again. From birth to death, significant events are passed down by word of mouth, chiselled in stone, or, as the case may be, kept secret.

> With Eli Wilhelm

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Information & Services

Information & Services

Since 7 September 2011, the new entrance to the Museum der Kulturen Basel is at Münsterplatz 20.

Opening hours main building
Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Monday: closed
Every first wednesday of the month: 10.00 a.m. 8.00 p.m.
 

Opening hours Carnival Exhibition
Thursday to Saturday: 01.00 - 5.00 p.m.
Sunday: 11.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

> Special opening hours Museum 2020 (pdf)


How to reach us
By public transport
Take tram No. 2 (from ‘Bahnhof SBB’ or ‘Badischer Bahnhof’) to the ‘Kunstmuseum’ stop, then walk along Rittergasse and across Münsterplatz to the museum entrance at Münsterplatz 20.

By car
Take the motorway exit marked ‘Basel City’ or ‘Badischer Bahnhof’. Please follow the parking guidance system and use the multi-story car parks in the centre of Basel. There are no parking facilities at the museum.

> site plan (Google Maps)


Admission charges: Museum

Adults from age 20 CHF 16.00
Groups of 10 or more CHF 11.00
Young people under the age of 20 CHF   5.00
Trainees under the age of 30 with proof of eligibility CHF   5.00
Children under the age of 13 free
Museums-Pass-Musées free
Schweizerischer Museumspass free
Members of the Cultural Circle and ICOM/VMS free
1st sunday in the month free
Tuesday - Saturday, 4.00 - 5.00 p.m. free
1sr wednesday in the month, 7.00 - 8.00 p.m. free


Admission charges: Carnival Exhibition

Adults from age 20 CHF 7.00
Young people under the age of 20 CHF 3.00
Children under the age of 13 free


The entry charges can be paid in Euro - change in CHF.

Reduced or free admission only on presentation of proof of eligibility.

Admission to events
For selected events, workshops and guided tours, a supplement will be charged on the admission price. You can find details in the programme.

> Program


Person with disabilities
All the rooms of the museum are adapted to the needs of disabled persons.

> Information for person with disabilities (pdf)


Information about events and activities at the Museum
If you would like to receive regular information about the activities and events at the Museum der Kulturen Basel in printed form, please let us know your postal and e-mail address. You can also subscribe to our newsletter.

> Newsletter


Photography and filming
Taking photographs for private purposes (without tripod, flash or selfie-stick) is permitted. Commercial photography must be authorised by the museum management.


Video surveillance
For security purposes the Museum der Kulturen is monitored by video cameras. For more on our video surveillance system, click here:

> Video surveillance in the Museum der Kulturen Basel (pdf).


Some rules of conduct

  • Food and drink are not permitted in the museum.
  • Smoking is not permitted in any area of the museum.
  • Animals must be left outside. Only guide dogs and prescribed assistance dogs (you must show a medical certificate) are permitted in the museum area.
  • Backpacks, bags, suitcases etc. must be left at the cloakroom. Handbags up to A4 size may be taken into the exhibition.
  • Umbrellas must be placed into the umbrella stand provided.
  • The museum attendants are responsible for your safety and that of the exhibits. Please support the staff in their work and follow their instructions.
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