Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche

Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche

Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Housed in the Barfüsserkirche since 1894, Basel Historical Museum presents selected aspects of the history of Basel from prehistoric times to the present. Especially worthy of note here are the works of pre-Reformation sacred art such as the Basel Dance of Death and Basel Cathedral Treasury. The section called «Understanding the World» installed in the basement comprises a magnificent array of medieval tapestries with their fantasy worlds and scenes of real life, the Renaissance and Baroque collections grouped together in one «Great Cabinet of Curiosities», and Basel’s rich archaeological heritage. Among the other highlights here are the coin cabinet and Burgundian Booty.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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donnaddl
Niagara Falls, New York13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Excellent museum with a variety of interesting exhibits. Not much in the way of English signs or exhibit descriptions so we had to use google translate which took extra time. Friendly staff too. Recommend.
Written 29 August 2023
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Travel2Twin
Henderson, NV91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
We made a quick trip to Basel and saw this museum as we got off a tram and decided to check it out. They take the Swiss Pass for payment. Sooo worth the stop. Everything is clean and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
Written 2 June 2023
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vickiebypass
Stamford, CT297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
A GREAT museum. Had a special exhibit showing everyday items that are no longer used due to technology & lifestyle changes. Although the signage was all in German, they had an iPad tablet that provided translations and even more info. There were a lot of items, many that I’ve read about, but never actually seen so this was interesting. Also had some items that I had never heard of before. They had joke glasses from the 18th and 19th century – never heard of these, but apparently it was quite a chuckle for the host to put these glasses on his dinner table (in high society,) and it was entertainment for the whole table to watch the unlucky folks trying to drink from the glasses. One of the last exhibits was an old style, manual typewriter next to an IBM Selectric with the rotating ball head. A huge part of the museum’s regular exhibit is a very fine collection of medieval tapestries; it’s so interesting to look at all the details in a tapestry – the flowers, plants, animals, etc. in addition to the main characters, so to speak. The museum also had items from Swiss cabinets of curiosities - I’ve read about these but haven’t seen such a huge collection of items. Whale teeth, necklaces with animal teeth pendants, intricately carved ivory boxes, carved unicorn miniatures, globes, coins and more. All of that was the basement and that filled up my mind and tired my feet out.

The main floor had 50 objects in history of Basel - a bread cart to deliver hot loaves through the streets, a leather fire-fighting water bucket (another one of those things I’ve read about, but never seen) and Carneval items. Then, a bunch of altars and church decorative figures most from the 18th c. Plus an exhibit about the Dance of Death statues and figures. Tons of info to absorb but I’m happy I started downstairs with the special exhibit, tapestries and curiosities. I’d recommend this for sure.
Written 4 May 2023
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS4,050 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
The Basel Historical Museum has been housed in the Barfusserkirche since 1894. On the main floor an exhibit features many aspects of Basel's history from prehistoric times to the present, as well as religious reminders of the buildings previous function as a former Franciscan church. The lower floor contains various treasures including an extensive array of Basel and Strasbourg medeival tapestries, a special exhibit of a private collection of Baroque silver drinking vessels, and archeological treasures. We spent hours enjoying, and appreciating, the Historical Museum Basel, housed in Barfusserkirche.
Written 3 January 2023
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania34,049 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
One of the most interesting museums in Basel. You need more than 2 hours to visit it carefully. Unfortunately, the exhibits do not have explanations in English.
Written 31 December 2022
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permia
Ireland61,997 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Amongst the columns and arches of the magnificent former church is a superlative array of displays.

Exquisite decorative art pieces delight the senses. In gold, silver and other precious materials they are delightfully carved and crafted. Included are a gorgeous Drinking Ship on Wheels and numerous shell cups.

As a former Franciscan Church where worship continued till 1784, the location qualifies as a delightful work of art in its own right.

Religious items feature prominently including an outstanding triptych altarpiece. Another traeasure is a sequence from the Basel Dance of Death that was painted during the Council of Basel in the first half of the 1400s.
Written 8 December 2022
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siddella
High Wycombe, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
An overnight stop in Basel en route from Italy to the UK gave us a couple of hours to look around town. Quite by chance we came across the Barfüsserkirche which had a wonderful exhibition of 17th century silver drinking vessels.
The lady on the reception desk was very welcoming and gave us an ipad with translations of all the information on the exhibits. The museum is housed in a beautiful church (the clue’s in the name) and we could have whiled away the whole day there, had we not had a train to catch.
We were so enthralled by the Schöner Trinken exhibition that we only had a limited time to look round other exhibits, so I bought their illustrated guide to the museum (only 4.5 Swiss francs, best bargain in Basel!) to give me at least a secondhand look at the museum’s other treasures.
It was just delightful and I hope I will have an opportunity to visit it again one day and spend more time there.
Written 24 September 2022
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Gary S
West Palm Beach, FL21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Basel History Center is worth the 90 minutes to 2 hours that it will take you to tour the facility. It is at the confluence of a NUMBER OF TRAMS in the center of OLD TOWN. Good history lesson about the city
Written 21 September 2022
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Pam_and_Keith_W
Romford, UK26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We visited in the morning of 12th August and was greeted buy a lovely friendly lady who explained about the combined museum ticket which we purchased. We were given a tablet and told how to translate the explanations of each numbered exhibit into English. Off we went happily but had to leave after just over an hour as we had a reservation for a booked city cruise. We said we would return afterwards. When we returned the reception staff had changed to an elderly man and a different lady. I wanted to visit the toilet before continuing our visit to the museum and as I headed towards the toilet the man came running over and told me to put my bag in the lockers and was waiting for me just outside the toilet to make sure I did. Afterwards I continued on the visit around the museum but realised I needed the tablet again for the translations. So I headed to the reception desk where the man and the lady were both reading. I was the only person at the reception desk. I said Guten Tag and waited like a lemon for 30 seconds plus while they continued to look down at their books and ignore me. So I stormed away and just called them ignorant. Was it me? It ruined the rest of my visit and I just couldn't wait to get out.
Written 14 August 2022
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CalBristol
Weston super Mare, UK2,152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The museum is located in an old church and has many interesting dispalys on the story of the history of Basel and the surrounding area. The only gripe is that very little of the information is in English. Don't forget to use your Basel Card to get a reduction on the admission charge!
The facade of the museum was partially hidden when I visited by the largest of the Christmas Markets in Basel - well worth a visit if you are there in December! Across the road from the museum is a busy tram stop where you can get to all the other parts of the city.
Written 13 February 2020
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Many thanks for your visit and valued feedback. We are always interested in constructive feedbacks. In addition, we are happy you have enjoyed your visit at our museum! Please kindly take note, we offer an eGuide in English and French for free at our welcome/cash desk.
Written 17 February 2020
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