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HMB - Museum of History

Barfuessergasse 4 | Barfüsserpl. 4, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 205 86 00
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Head straight for the basement where you will find a mind-blowing exhibition of artefacts collected... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2017
Fitzroy, Australia
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I would have liked a bit more general information about the citys history, but when you move down... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
Copenhagen, Denmark
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The Museum in the Church The Barfusser Church owes its name to the barefooted Franciscans, the mendicant order that built it as a convent church in the 14th century. As the HMB flagship, the Barfusser Church has housed one of the oldest collections on the Upper Rhine since 1894. Among its treasures are attractions of world-class calibre such as the Basel Cathedral Treasury, the Basel Dance of Death and some very fine medieval tapestries. Representing the Early Modern Age is a Great Cabinet of Curiosities showcasing Basel's long tradition as a city of private collectors ranging from Erasmus of Rotterdam, the Amerbach and Faesch families to the famous historian Jacob Burckhardt. Visitors are invited to embark on a journey through the ages and to discover the history of Basel from Celtic times to the 21st century. The museum shop stocks an attractive range of cards and gifts, while the Cafe BARfusserkirche has free WLAN and a quiet corner making it the perfect place to linger and savour the unique atmosphere of the church.Both shop and cafe can be accessed free of charge.
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Barfuessergasse 4 | Barfüsserpl. 4, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 205 86 00
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

Head straight for the basement where you will find a mind-blowing exhibition of artefacts collected by Renaissance men, including globes, filigree ivories, crystals, clocks, dried plants, taxidermy, paintings, miniature sculptures, scientific instruments, antiquities, exotica and all manner of curiosities – scientists and collectors began amassing...More

1  Thank machineryofnight88
Reviewed 20 July 2017

I would have liked a bit more general information about the citys history, but when you move down the basement there are nice exhibitions about the city´s past. Beautiful treasures, including the munster-treasure on the balcony. If you like history it is worth a visit

1  Thank Nordboen
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Our visit was not planned, only a walk-in from the street. But it turned out to be an enjoyable visit through the history of Basel and nearby regions. Artwork, sculptures and artifacts were all well-presented albeit with not enough English translations. Especially liked the basement...More

Thank Thomas G
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Plenty to see on three floors. If you do not understand German, you will be lent a Samsung notebook in exchange of your ID and it is very handy. There is a bit of everything: tapestries, astrolables, religious art...It does form however a coherent ensemble....More

1  Thank FleurNastia
Reviewed 7 March 2017

The museum is housed in an old church, and is larger than you expect from the outside. Part of the museum has been recently reinstalled, and the displays of the artefacts are very well done. It is packed with historical objects from the city, from...More

1  Thank Katrien S
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Honestly I wish we'd known ahead of time that it was so big, because we actually just came in to look around and it was a beautiful day out. We didn't intend to stay there for so long but there were so many different displays...More

1  Thank Sharon F
Reviewed 22 January 2017

As part of the museums night (pay one entrance fee and access that night almost all museums of Baesl) I went to explore this place. It was much bigger then expected. You can learn alot of the history of Basel. I was impressed how they...More

Thank sascha411
Reviewed 24 November 2016

The collection int he HMB is not as extensive or lively as in other History Museums around Europe, however the items on display really offer a glimpse on the society and everyday life of Basel throughout the years.

Thank M M
Reviewed 2 November 2016

There are all sorts of artifacts from Basle's history starting with prehistoric and Roman finds. An entire section is dedicated to the Guilds which formed an important part of the cities mercantile development. Everyday items, cannons, stained glass and other curios are to be found....More

1  Thank odysseusChicago
Reviewed 5 August 2016

This museum was fantastic, great if you're interested in the history of Basel and Switzerland. It's small but in a beautiful old building, jam packed with information but not overwhelming or dull. There was a very interesting exhibit that showcased different Public Opinion Survey questions...More

Thank Charlie G
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