The Museum of Cultures in Basel was founded in the 1840s as the Museum of Natural History and Ethnography. It was placed in a neoclassical building designed in 1849 by the architect Melchior Berri to house a museum dedicated to science and art exhibits.
In 1917, due to the increase of the collections, the Ethnographic Department became an independent institution (the Ethnographic Museum) and it was housed in an extension to the original building. Renamed in 1944 as the Museum of Ethnology and Swiss Museum of Folklore, it changed in 1996 to his current name, focusing on the intercultural exchange. Throughout its history, the museum has undergone several structural renovations. The last one took place between 2008 in 2011, by architects Herzog & de Meuron, when it was added a new gallery floor, a new roof and it was changed his main entrance to the Münsterplatz square.
Architect: Melchior Berri
Project date: 1849
All the rooms of the museum are adapted to the needs of disabled persons.
HOW TO REACH
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.
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.
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
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