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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 206 62 62
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Fortunately we had a Basel card and used it to enter this museum for half the price. Although the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Nelly V
Art for all!

the museum is actually split in three buildings, which two are next door and you take a path under... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stuart M
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The Kunstmuseum Basel is home to one of the largest and oldest public museum collections in Europe. In its unique history, it has assembled works from the early fifteenth century to the present. The Kunstmuseum Basel houses the Galerie (Gallery) and the Kupferstichkabinett (Department of Prints and Drawings). The main focus is on paintings and drawings by artists active in the Upper Rhine region between 1400 and 1600 and of the 19th and 21st century. The Kunstmuseum Basel possesses the world`s largest collection of works by the Holbein family. Further examples of Renaissance art include major pieces by masters such as Konrad Witz, Martin Schongauer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Matthias Grünewald. Most of these early treasures originally belonged to the collection of a Basel lawyer, Basilius Amerbach. Purchased by the city in 1661, they formed the core of the world`s first public municipal museum. Paintings by Basel-born Arnold Böcklin feature among the 19th-century highlights. In the field of 20th-century art, the accent is on Cubism (Picasso, Braque, Léger), German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism and American art since 1950. Contemporary art is exhibited at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Museum of Contemporary Art).
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Fortunately we had a Basel card and used it to enter this museum for half the price. Although the entrance card permitted us to enter 3 different museums, the Main building, the New building and the Contemporary one, we thought the entrance fee of usually...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

the museum is actually split in three buildings, which two are next door and you take a path under the street to get to. The museum has a bit of everything for everyone, from modern art to older art including van Gogh and Monet. A...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The title of my review relates to the first installation you will encounter. This is a load of loudspeakers with random Americans saying the days of the We week creating a cacophony of noise. Tip: recreate this at home by inviting friends and family to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum houses one of the greatest collections of northern renaissance painting, including extraordinary works by the Holbein family, Grünewald, and Dürer. It also exhibits haunted landcapes and huge paintings of red-faced mermaids cavorting in the waves by the late nineteenth century symbolist Arnold Böcklin,...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Beautiful architecture of the building. The paintings and sculptures are definitely worth a visit. With the Basel card, as tourists, we got a 50% discount which was incredibly helpful.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

You will be amazed by the number of world-famous artists and masterpieces in one place. Definitely the top of the list if you visit Basel.

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

Check to see what special exhibits are being shown as Basel draws excellent shows. This is a well designed space and very diverse depending on which sections of the museum you visit. Sometimes it is free, so see if you'll be there during a free...More

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

thousand of extreemly good pieces of art ; how to observe? impossible so plan your tour prepaired ; old masters lovers and contemporary art lovers , is all available to indulge yourself... not within two hours so make a plan to see what and when....More

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

There is a wide range of paintings in this gallery. The museum is free to visit on the first Sunday of every month (make sure to get a ticket from the office before entering even although it is free). There is a locker room in...More

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Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

I was on a business trip to Basel and had a very tight schedule, however, Kunstmuseum was a walking distance from the hotel . It consists of exhibitions in 3 buildings which became a bit tedious after some time.

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There is an entrance fee of about 18 CHF. I don't remember if there were captions in English but staff speaks excellent English, and they have flyers with info in English
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Dilara T
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Here is the list of free with Swiss Rail Pass museums in Zurich: Focus Terra ETH*. Graphische Sammlung der ETH Zürich*. Haus Konstruktiv. Johann Jacobs Museum. Kulturama. Medizinmuseum der Universität Zürich* (Neueröffnung... More
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If you are planning to visit Basel, give yourself enough time to thoroughly enjoy the main building. Depending on when you plan to be in Basel, my suggestion would be to visit the museum websites which you would like to... More
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