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Museum of Ethnology (Museum der Kulturen Basel)

Muensterplatz 20, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 266 56 00
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Houses one of Europe's largest collections on European and non-European cultural life.
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Muensterplatz 20, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 266 56 00
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

This is fantastic museum with an astonishing collection from many many cultures, beautifully set up and informative. The building itself is just beautiful. There's a good little shop too.

Thank Corinna G
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Many specials exhibitions; so it may be more or less interesting at different times. However the theme when we were there was that all mankind has migrated and we benefit from that. Also a wonderful collection from Papua New Guinea.

Thank gsrs
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. Its much bigger then I thought. So plan at least 1-2 hours for your visit. Its nice to see art...More

Thank sascha411
Reviewed 22 October 2016

A well-organised beautiful building (inside and out); each floor has a different theme which shows exhibits from all over the world. Fantastic displays which are well thought through. You can easily focus on the artefacts that attracts you most. I adored the unique Kingfisher feather...More

Thank Bernadette D
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This museum is in the corner just of Munsterplatz, and has a great mixture of displays from masks to modern bottle walls inside a fabulous building, the outside of the building is worth the visit alone

Thank JTamson
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Some interesting artefacts in this museum, but too many of the same thing in some instances. Information sheets on each floor which are very useful, if a little wordy.

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 4 August 2016

This is one of these museums with very diverse expositions: cultural objects from various peoples, modern and antique, common and strange looking. There is for example a huge Native American wigwam which can be observed from different floors. The place is a bit weird and...More

Thank N K
Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

Nice way to pass an hour. The staff were very nice & helpful on each floor - the gentlemen had a lot of knowledge. The English translation books were a brilliant accompaniment. They do enforce that you leave your handbag in the locker though.

1  Thank SuperAureus
Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

Was expecting a lot more, in this museum town. Some interesting exhibits but overall mediocre. Clean, clear, clutter free arrangements. They had an exhibition on 'recycling', but no recycling facilities at the venue; a bit ironic isn't it. If you are in a rush, I...More

1  Thank docboy
Reviewed 31 May 2016

I regularly visit this museum. Amazing objects from different cultures of the world are presented in a most interesting way in the beautiful rooms. There are various exhibitions on different levels at the same time. The museum has a very quiet yard and a nice...More

1  Thank Margrit455
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