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
06.01.2019
Exhibition

Take Your Pick

125 objects for 125 years

14 September 2018 - 6 January 2019

Imagine a large birthday party: people from all walks of life, all with their own histories and opinions, get together to celebrate. Some of them know each other – others don’t. They recount memories and share the latest news. They probably have a few things in common, but there are sure to be a few surprises, too.

 

On the occasion of the exhibition to celebrate our 125th anniversary, we are assembling 125 “esteemed guests” in our banquet hall. They come from all corners of the world, have different stories to tell, and were selected for the show by the public for very diverse reasons. Some seem to have intimate local ties, others strike us as mysterious. Some appear fascinatingly foreign, yet others look quite familiar. You will meet style icons as well as witty jokesters.


Welcome to the party!


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