Special event

Sun, Moon, and Stars
18 January 2019 18:00 PM - 02:00 AM
Sonne, Mond und Sterne
Special event
Sun, Moon, and Stars
18 January 2019, 18:00 PM - 02:00 AM

Together, we reach for the stars: enjoy a display of celestial acrobatics, discover what role heavenly bodies play in different cultures, and explore the night with the aid of an astronomer’s insider knowledge, galactic make-up, and new zodiac signs.

> Detailed programme at Museum der Kulturen Basel

The museum night is organised by museen basel and Basel Stadt's Division of Cultural Affairs. 36 museums and cultural institutions offer a variety of events: www.museumsnacht.ch

Tickets available at the museum's ticket desk.

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Sonne, Mond und Sterne

Guided tour

Sun, Moon and Stars
20 January 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Sun, Moon and Stars
20 January 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Are celestial bodies gods or stars? Omens or merely phenomena? Every culture and age has its own perception of heavenly bodies, as objects like the statue of the Aztec sun god Tonatiuh or the Indonesian horoscope go to show. The guided tour explores the many ways celestial bodies are understood and put to use, ranging from everyday items to venerated ritual objects.

> With Reingard Dirscherl

In German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Secrecy
27 January 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Das Geheimnis
Guided tour
Secrecy
27 January 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Every one of us and every community has its secrets. Usually we keep them locked away in our minds, but one also finds them hiding in documents and objects: what do the secret writings of Batak ritual specialists hold? What is the meaning of the female figure on a Iatmul men’s house?

> With Christophe Schneider

In German

Admission fee

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Das Geheimnis

Special event

From magic wands to doping tests – What museum objects have to say about secrets
31 January 2019 18:30 - 19:45 PM
Von Zauberstab zum Dopingtest
Special event
From magic wands to doping tests – What museum objects have to say about secrets
Was Museumsobjekte über Geheimnisse verraten
31 January 2019, 18:30 - 19:45 PM

You encounter them in powerful conspiracies, in exclusive secret societies, as well as in every family: secrets! Secrets create boundaries between insiders and outsiders, and thus also make effective instruments of social order. The exhibition Secrecy – Who’s Allowed to Know What reveals how secrets are woven into all cultural narratives.

> With the exhibition curator Tabea Buri

In German

> Ticket incl. entry to the museum CHF 25

The event is part of the VHSBB programme “Secrets – Approaching a Common Phenomenon”. Information on the programme: Volkshochschule beider Basel www.vhsbb.ch

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Von Zauberstab zum Dopingtest

Guided tour

StrawGold
3 February 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
StrawGold
3 February 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

> With Nadja Breger

In German

Free entry

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Kids and families

Kids’ carnival
3 February 2019 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Kids and families
Kids’ carnival
3 February 2019, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

We create a paper mask and add to it wild, funny, and colourful decorations with the aid of fur, cloth, lace, tulle, and colours.

> With Regina Mathez

Material: CHF 5.-

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Grasping anthropology

Noémi Speiser
6 February 2019 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Lebensgeflecht
Grasping anthropology
Noémi Speiser
6 February 2019, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

An intriguing lady with an intriguing passion: Noémi Speiser, 92, is an expert on interlacing and a fabric artist with a lifelong record of unravelling interlaced works of all kinds. In discussion with Sabine Rotach she talks about her fascinating research and her work as an artist. With examples of her oeuvre and objects from the collections.

In German

Admission fee

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Lebensgeflecht

Guided tour

From Maya script to website
10 February 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Von der Mayaschrift zur Website
Guided tour
From Maya script to website
10 February 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Chiselling texts, carving signs, painting symbols, digital data world: what does generating data actually mean?

> With Christophe Schneider

In German

Admission fee

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Von der Mayaschrift zur Website

Guided tour

BIG
17 February 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
BIG
17 February 2019, 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 is size defined and measured? And what’s so impressive about big things?

> With Réka Mascher-Frigyesi

In German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Basel carnival
24 February 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel carnival
24 February 2019, 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 Liliane Vindret

In German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Le Carnaval de Bâle
24 February 2019 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Guided tour
Le Carnaval de Bâle
24 February 2019, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

Depuis quand le Morgestraich existe-t-il? Pourquoi le Carnaval de Bâle commence-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

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Guided tour

Basel carnival
3 March 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel carnival
3 March 2019, 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 Liliane Vindret

In German

Free entry

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Kids and families

My little stick lantern
3 March 2019 13:00 - 17:00 PM
Kids and families
My little stick lantern
3 March 2019, 13:00 - 17:00 PM

Forwards, march: stick lanterns are a typical feature of the Morgestraich. Make one with your own motto!

> With Regina Mathez

Material: CHF 5.-

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Grasping anthropology

How secret are secret societies?
6 March 2019 18:00 - 19:30 PM
Wie geheim sind Bünde?
Grasping anthropology
How secret are secret societies?
6 March 2019, 18:00 - 19:30 PM

Exclusive men’s and women’s societies exude a distinct fascination. What are often erroneously described as “secret” societies pride themselves on their impressive visual displays, including colourful dance staffs, richly symbolic costumes, and impressive masks, as we shall see on our tour of the exhibition Secrecy. With regard to European Freemasonry, we have asked an expert, himself a freemason, to provide a view from the inside.

> With Tabea Buri, curator of the exhibition Secrecy, and Michael Lang-Alsvik, freemason.

In German

Admission fee

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Wie geheim sind Bünde?

Guided tour

Basel carnival
10 March 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel carnival
10 March 2019, 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 Margrit Gontha

In German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Basel carnival
10 March 2019 12:15 - 13:15 PM
Guided tour
Basel carnival
10 March 2019, 12:15 - 13:15 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 German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Basel Carnival
10 March 2019 15:00 - 16:00 PM
Guided tour
Basel Carnival
10 March 2019, 15:00 - 16:00 PM

Since when has the Morgestraich been an essential part of our carnival? Why does the Basel carnival start on the Monday after Ash Wednesday and at four o’clock in the morning sharp? Magnificent historical rooms provide the backdrop to a comprehensive journey through all the intriguing facets of the Basel Carnival.

> with Margrit Gontha

In English

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Gender trouble
17 March 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Gender trouble
17 March 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The guided tour looks at objects from the perspective of male/female relationships, revealing a number of surprising facets about “gender trouble” in the never-ending interplay of male and female identities.

> With Eli Wilhelm

In German

Admission fee

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Special event

Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
21 March 2019 18:30 - 20:30 PM
Special event
Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
21 March 2019, 18:30 - 20:30 PM

Human skulls, ivory tusks, and speers are among the items in our collection which today rank as sensitive objects. What made collectors acquire them? What was behind the collecting mania of earlier days, and what implications does it have for us today? Quench your thirst for knowledge.

Free entry

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Guided tour

Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
24 March 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guided tour
Thirst for knowledge meets collecting mania
24 March 2019, 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 – has now become 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.

> In German

Admission fee

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Guided tour

Secrecy
31 March 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Das Geheimnis
Guided tour
Secrecy
31 March 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Every one of us and every community has its secrets. Usually we keep them locked away in our minds, but one also finds them hiding in documents and objects: what do the secret writings of Batak ritual specialists hold? What is the meaning of the female figure on a Iatmul men’s house?

> With Sabine Rotach

In German

Admission fee

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Das Geheimnis
Museum > Personnel

Personnel

Director
Dr. Anna Schmid

Deputy Director
Richard Kunz, Email

Director's Assistant

Aila Özvegyi, Email


Scientific Departments

 

Africa

Isabella Bozsa, curator ad interim (Head of department), Email

America

Alexander Brust, curator (Head of department), Email
Natalia Hernanz Garcia, scientific auxiliary assistant

Europe
Tabea Buri, curator (Head of department), Email
Leah Vogler, scientific auxiliary assistant
Oceania
Dr. Beatrice Voirol, curator (Head of department), Email
Guillaume Lévy, scientific auxiliary assistant
South-East Asia
Richard Kunz, curator (Head of department), Email
Christina Zinsstag, scientific auxiliary assistant

South, Central and East Asia

Stephanie Lovász, curator (Head of department), Email

Scientific Assistance
Karin Kaufmann

Education and Outreach

Sabine Rotach (Head of department), Email
Nadja Breger
Reingard Dirscherl
Margrit Gontha-Hunziker
Sarah Labhardt Hadinia
Lua Leirner
Réka Mascher
Regina Mathez
Antonio Russo
Christophe Schneider
Liliane Vindret-Meier
Elisabeth Wilhelm-Kouba


Public Relations
Andrea Mašek, Email
Micha Gasser


Marketing
Susanne Wirz, Email

Administration
Ursula Iff (Head of Department), Email
Nadja Siebentritt

Secretariat

Sabrina Müller (Head of department), Email
Fabienne Moser
Timon Peter, apprentice


Book-Keeping
Denise Jost, Email

Personnel Administration
Michèle Wilhelm, Email

Design and Technology

Andreas Winter (Head of department), Email
Marcel Eglin

Zae Csitei, apprentice


Collection and Stocks
Adrian Wisler (Head of department), Email
Martino Meier
Stephan Meyer

Administration of the Collections Documentation
Jan Eppenberger, Email

Conservation and Restoration
Claudia Geissmann (Head of department), Email
Anne-Rose Bringel
Urs Lang
Stephanie Wümmers

Library
Angelika Kutter (Head of department), Email
Maria Eisenächer

Photo Archives
Doris Kähli, Email

Photo Studio
Omar Lemke, Email

Information Technology

Michaela Blatter, Email

Caretaker/caretaking servies

Thomas Maier (Head of department), Email
Remigius Lenzin-Wenk
Diana Graf


Front Services

Michèle Klöckler (Head of department), Email
Markus Bielser (Deputy head of department)
Rajakrishnan Anandakrishnan
Monika Beck

Esra Blaser
Martin Braun
Alina Buzun
Arminda da Costa
Alvaro de Taddeo
Eric Dürrenberger
Samaya Gisler
Beatrice Gubelmann
Liliana Gurtner

Viraj Kaluarachchige
Salome Kübler
Astrid Lyrer
Katharina Sciascia
Ricardo Trigos

Selma Weber
Ursula Weder
Wilfried Züger


Museum Commission
lic. rer. pol. Hans-Rudolf Hufschmid (President)
Prof. Dr. Till Förster
lic. rer. pol. Christoph Fuchs
Christine Gebhardt-Berger
Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren-Oesch
Prof. Dr. Walter Leimgruber

Prof. Elisio Macamo
Catherine Oeri
Elisabeth Sarasin Reiff
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