Great art is at the top of the list in the city of Basel, along with the weekly art exhibitions and world-class shows. However, there are also important galleries and ancient treasures which tell a story that goes back centuries. In Basel, there are over 45 museums located within a radius of 36 km², inviting you to spend enjoyable days of art and culture.
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The distinctive design of this museum begins in its own construction. This massive concrete building houses the Swiss National Museum of Architecture. Various exhibitions, workshops, events and exciting discussions about the history and future of architecture in Switzerland and around the world take place here.
In addition, Switzerland is also home to one of the most important architectural studios in the world (based in Basel), founded by the architects Herzog & de Meuron. These architects have designed buildings all over the world, including the National Stadium in Beijing, 56 Leonard Street (skyscraper in Manhattan) and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
A hint for architecture lovers: There is a special staircase in Basel (Warteck beer brewery / large brick building).
The museum exhibitions and artworks that can be found here mainly revolve around anatomical and medical museum collections. The main gallery shows, among other things, an art collection by Karl-Gustav Jung, the famous psychologist. Form art of human bodies are also shown and are among the best in Europe. The shapes and forms of the human organism and many other highlights of famous contemporaries and personalities of medical history can be viewed here.
The Vitra Design Museum also has everything to do with art. On the website of the museum, you will find various events that present art from Basel, Switzerland and Europe. If you're interested in design, you've come to the right place, as the building itself is a masterpiece of light, furniture and interior design, from the ground floor to the roof. The furnishing collection is futuristic, and although there are hardly any windows here, the artists show what it means to illuminate a room with light.
The Fondation Beyeler (designed by Renzo Piano) focuses on classical modernism and has over 200 works in its collection (including interesting contemporary art). The collection is one of the most valuable in the world and is characterised by an indescribable cultural diversity.
This is the right address if you want to see collections of paintings by the most important artists. On several floors, you will discover everything the city of Basel has to offer. You' ll see pieces by:
That is just a small selection of the richness of the art treasures that can be found in the city.
A little tip: The Kunstmuseum Basel is showing works by Vincent von Gogh. You should also visit the Historisches Museum Basel - Barfüsserkirche, which is also one of the top museums in Basel. Tickets for all museums are available directly at the entrance.
Those who can't get enough of such museum excursions are recommended to stay at our popular B&B HOTEL in Basel. The central location of this overnight accommodation means that the museums in Basel are right on your doorstep.