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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)
Ranked #3 of 162 things to do in Basel
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Owner description: 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).
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 day. Lots of diverse art, something for everyone. (and, I'm not a big art museum fan...)

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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.
overwhelming amount of precious art

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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 which to place your bags (no coins required) - this is very useful.
And the building itself is stunning.

Thank Starkin
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