Guided tour

Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
26 January 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
26 January 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Puppetry lives off seemingly lifeless actors and objects. Let the gripping stories about love and life drawn you in.

> With Eli Wilhelm

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
2 February 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
2 February 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 Antonio Russo

> In German

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut

Kids and families

I bet you don’t recognize me!
2 February 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Gäll, du kennsch mit nit?
Kids and families
I bet you don’t recognize me!
2 February 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

We create cardboard head-masks ready for carnival, taking figures from the exhibition “Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon” as inspiration. Who do you want to be: bold Mr Punch, a demon with devilish fangs, or an Indian princess?

> With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Gäll, du kennsch mit nit?

Grasping anthropology

Free-spirited “Mamschel Weiss” – turning the spotlight on a collector
5 February 2020 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Die eigensinnige «Mamschel Weis» – eine Sammlerin ins Licht gerückt
Grasping anthropology
Free-spirited “Mamschel Weiss” – turning the spotlight on a collector
5 February 2020, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

Annemarie Weiss (1877-1933) of Basel was an exceptional personality. The lively spinster travelled regularly to the Valais where she collected a total of almost 400 ethnographic objects for Eduard Hoffmann-Krayer, then the head of the European Department at today’s Museum der Kulturen Basel. But her name hardly ever appears. We searched for traces and are now able to shed light on free-spirited “Mamschel Weiss”. Her collection reveals what was of scientific interest at the time and what made the traditions of the Valais so fascinating for the people of Basel.

> With curator Tabea Buri and Karin Kaufmann, research fellow at the Museum der Kulturen Basel

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Die eigensinnige «Mamschel Weis» – eine Sammlerin ins Licht gerückt

Guided tour

Best of
9 February 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Best-of
Guided tour
Best of
9 February 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The most valuable, the best known, and the most popular – the “Best of” guided tour presents select objects from all exhibitions. At the same time, we question the criteria of such rankings. What are they based on: collectors’ interests, scientific value, or personal preferences? What’s at the top of your personal list, and why?

> With Reingard Dirscherl

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Best-of

Guided tour

Basel Carnival
16 February 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
16 February 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Since when has the Morgestraich been a hallmark feature of carnival? Why does the Basel carnival kick off at 4 a.m. sharp on the Monday after Ash Wednesday? Get to know more about the history of the Basel carnival, its cliques, as well as the famous Guggemusigg and Schnitzelbängg.

> With curator Tabea Buri

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Basel Carnival
16 February 2020 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
16 February 2020, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

Since when has the Morgestraich been a hallmark feature of carnival? Why does the Basel carnival kick off at 4 a.m. sharp on the Monday after Ash Wednesday? Get to know more about the history of the Basel carnival, its cliques, as well as the famous Guggemusigg and Schnitzelbängg.

> With curator Tabea Buri

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Basel Carnival
23 February 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
23 February 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Since when has the Morgestraich been a hallmark feature of carnival? Why does the Basel carnival kick off at 4 a.m. sharp on the Monday after Ash Wednesday? Get to know more about the history of the Basel carnival, its cliques, as well as the famous Guggemusigg and Schnitzelbängg.

> With Lilian Vindret

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Le Carnaval de Bâle
23 February 2020 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Guided tour
Le Carnaval de Bâle
23 February 2020, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

Visite guidée en français

Le Carnaval de Bâle

Depuis quand le Morgestraich existe-t-il? Pourquoi le Carnaval de Bâle kick off-t-il le lundi après le mercredi des Cendres à quatre heures du matin ? Vous aurez un aperçu de l’histoire du carnaval et de ses cliques, “Guggenmusik” et vers satiriques nommés “Schnitzelbängg”.

> Avec Liliane Vindret

> en français

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Basel Carnival
1 March 2020 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
1 March 2020, 11:00 - 11:50 AM

Since when has the Morgestraich been a hallmark feature of carnival? Why does the Basel carnival kick off at 4 a.m. sharp on the Monday after Ash Wednesday? Get to know more about the history of the Basel carnival, its cliques, as well as the famous Guggemusigg and Schnitzelbängg.

> With Margrit Gontha

> In German

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

Basel Carnival
1 March 2020 12:00 - 12:50 PM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
1 March 2020, 12:00 - 12:50 PM

Since when has the Morgestraich been a hallmark feature of carnival? Why does the Basel carnival kick off at 4 a.m. sharp on the Monday after Ash Wednesday? Get to know more about the history of the Basel carnival, its cliques, as well as the famous Guggemusigg and Schnitzelbängg.

> With Margrit Gontha

> In English

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Kids and families

My colourful lantern
1 March 2020 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Meine bunte Laterne
Kids and families
My colourful lantern
1 March 2020, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

Morgestraich is at the door and soon beautiful lanterns will light up the town once again. We make our own lantern out of a PET bottle and colourful paper.

> With Leah Vogler and Aila Özvegyi, Learning and Programmes

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Meine bunte Laterne

Visitors with special needs

Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
1 March 2020 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Visitors with special needs
Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
1 March 2020, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

Puppetry lives off seemingly lifeless actors and objects. Let the gripping stories about love and life drawn you in.

> With Lua Leirner

> In German

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Guided tour

World views
8 March 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weltsichten
Guided tour
World views
8 March 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

Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
15 March 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wissensdrang trifft Sammelwut
Guided tour
Thirst for Knowledge meets Collecting Mania
15 March 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

Special event

The Soldier’s Tale
21 March 2020 20:00 - 21:15 PM
Die Geschichte vom Soldaten
Special event
The Soldier’s Tale
21 March 2020, 20:00 - 21:15 PM

From the exhibition to the stage: the replicas of age-old puppets by Elsi and Fernand Giauque are coming to Basel: in “The Soldier’s Tale” by Charles Ferdinand-Ramuz and Igor Stravinsky, a soldier agrees to a deal with the devil: in exchange for his violin he receives a book with the promise of great wealth – but will it really make him happy?

A collaboration between the Museum der Kulturen Basel, the Basler Marionettentheater, and the Marionettenoper im Säulensaal des Musikwissenschaftlichen Seminars der Universität Heidelberg

> Venue: Basler Marionettentheater, Zehntenkeller, Münsterplatz 8

> Limited seating, advance booking at Basler Marionettentheater, Tel. 061 206 99 96, at www.ticketcorner.ch, or at Bider & Tanner, Basel

> Admission fee Basel Puppet Theatre

> In German

Foto © Matthew Gardner

> Calendar
> PDF

Die Geschichte vom Soldaten

Guided tour

Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
22 March 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Bhima, Mr Punch, and the Demon
22 March 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Puppetry lives off seemingly lifeless actors and objects. Let the gripping stories about love and life drawn you in.

> With Nadja Breger

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Special event

The Soldier's Tale
22 March 2020 15:00 - 16:15 PM
Die Geschichte vom Soldaten
Special event
The Soldier's Tale
22 March 2020, 15:00 - 16:15 PM

From the exhibition to the stage: the replicas of age-old puppets by Elsi and Fernand Giauque are coming to Basel: in “The Soldier’s Tale” by Charles Ferdinand-Ramuz and Igor Stravinsky, a soldier agrees to a deal with the devil: in exchange for his violin he receives a book with the promise of great wealth – but will it really make him happy?

A collaboration between the Museum der Kulturen Basel, the Basler Marionettentheater, and the Marionettenoper im Säulensaal des Musikwissenschaftlichen Seminars der Universität Heidelberg

> Venue: Basler Marionettentheater, Zehntenkeller, Münsterplatz 8

> Limited seating, advance booking at Basler Marionettentheater, Tel. 061 206 99 96, at www.ticketcorner.ch, or at Bider & Tanner, Basel

> Admission fee Basel Puppet Theatre

> In German

Foto © Matthew Gardner

> Calendar
> PDF

Die Geschichte vom Soldaten

Guided tour

BIG
29 March 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
BIG
29 March 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Big doesn’t always mean the same thing. The guided tour tells you more about the cultural dimensions of bigness, with power and status providing two good examples. But how and by whom is size defined and measured? And what’s so impressive about big things?

> With Reingard Discherl

> In German

Admission fee

> Calendar
> PDF

Special event

Memory
25 June 2020 18:30 - 20:30 PM
Special event
Memory
25 June 2020, 18:30 - 20:30 PM

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening.

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Special event

Enlightened
24 September 2020 18:30 - 20:30 PM
Special event
Enlightened
24 September 2020, 18:30 - 20:30 PM

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening.

Free entry

> Calendar
> PDF

Special event

Snow
19 November 2020 18:30 - 20:30 PM
Special event
Snow
19 November 2020, 18:30 - 20:30 PM

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening.

Free entry

> 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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