Guided tour

Memory – cancelled
7 March 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Memory – cancelled
Moments of remembering and forgetting
7 March 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The exhibition playfully reveals practices with 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.

Free entry

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Kids and families

Do you like playing Memory? – cancelled
7 March 2021 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Spielst du gern Memory? – abgesagt
Kids and families
Do you like playing Memory? – cancelled
7 March 2021, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

Then let’s make a set, using pictures of objects from the Museum! You’ll certainly recognize the memory cards you made yourself.

With Leah Vogler, Learning and Programmes

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Spielst du gern Memory? – abgesagt

Special event

Encountering your inner Buddha – cancelled
13 March 2021 10:30 - 11:10 AM
Special event
Encountering your inner Buddha – cancelled
13 March 2021, 10:30 - 11:10 AM

We invite you to a meditation session amidst a host of Buddhas. Starting point of the contemplation is a Buddha image and the qualities it represents. Set out on a journey to inner peace in a guided meditation session.

With Zen monk Michel Ayguesparsse of Angyo Zen Dojo Basel

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Enlightened – cancelled
14 March 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Enlightened – cancelled
Die Welt der Buddhas
14 March 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Admission fee

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Guided tour

World views – cancelled
21 March 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weltsichten – abgesagt
Guided tour
World views – cancelled
21 March 2021, 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.

Admission fee

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Weltsichten – abgesagt

Guided tour

Visioni sul mondo – annullata
21 March 2021 14:00 - 15:00 PM
Visioni sul mondo – annullata
Guided tour
Visioni sul mondo – annullata
21 March 2021, 14:00 - 15:00 PM

Vi invitiamo a scoprire il nostro museo e la sua storia : apprenderte degli avventurosi viaggi d’esplorazione ed il collezionismo meticoloso, vedrete sorprendenti oggeti da tutto il mondo es vi farte un’idea dei moderni campi di recerca dell’etnologia.

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Alla visita guidata sono ammessi al massimo 15 persone. Riceviamo volentieri le vostre registrazioni al numero 061 266 56 00 o per email info@mkb.notexisting@nodomain.comch

Ingresso

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Visioni sul mondo – annullata

Special event

Making the world – cancelled
25 March 2021 18:30 - 20:00 PM
Special event
Making the world – cancelled
Gelebte Welten
25 March 2021, 18:30 - 20:00 PM

We have the great pleasure of inviting you and your friends to the opening of the exhibition.

Free entry

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Guided tour

Making the world – cancelled
28 March 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Making the world – cancelled
Gelebte Welten
28 March 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Arranged in five groups, objects held by MKB are juxtaposed with works from the Kunstmuseum, revealing how humans shape the world they inhabit and how, in turn, they themselves are shaped by it. The guided tour explores the traces of this interrelationship.

Admission fee

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Museum > History

History

The Ethnographic Committee met for the first time in 1893. Hence the year is listed as the museum’s founding date.

The origins of the museum trace back to the mid-nineteenth century. The “Museum der Stadt Basel” (Basel Municipal Museum) presented in the newly opened Berri building (1849), among other things, Lukas Vischer’s remarkable Mexican collection, making Basel one of the first cities in Europe with an ethnographic collection open to the public.

 

In the early years it was culture-minded members of the Basel upper class who supplied the museum with objects gathered on their journeys across the world. Later, in the course of the professionalization of anthropology, the task of collecting was increasingly left to expert scholars such as Fritz and Paul Sarasin, Felix Speiser, Alfred Bühler and Paul Wirz who significantly extended the range and scope of the museum’s collections.

 

In 1892 the Basel government decided to separate the ethnographic from the historical-antiquarian collection and set up a committee to manage the new collection. The committee met for the first time in the following year, which is why 1893 is listed as the museum’s founding date. But it was only in 1918 that the ethnographic collection was renamed “Museum für Völkerkunde” (Museum of Ethnology). Fritz Sarasin was the first chairman of the collection and director of the museum, respectively.

 

In 1944 the Swiss Federal Council granted the museum’s European department, established in 1904, the title “Schweizerisches Museum für Volkskunde” (Swiss Museum of European Folklife). Henceforth the institution was called “Museum für Völkerkunde und Schweizerisches Museum für Volkskunde”. In 1996 the house received its present name “Museum der Kulturen Basel”.

 

One of the many highlights in the museum’s history was the visit of the Dalai Lama in 2001 for the opening of the exhibition Tibet. Buddha, Gods, Saints, which was shown until 2008. A further milestone was the reopening of the museum in 2011 after extensive refurbishment. It included a reorientation in terms of content and design, an extension and redefinition of the copious courtyard, and a new entrance opening on to the Münsterplatz.

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