The Museum of Cultures in Basel (German: Museum der Kulturen Basel) is a Swiss museum of ethnography with large and important collections of artifacts, especially from Europe, the South Pacific, Mesoamerica, Tibet, and Bali. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.HistoryBoth the Museum of Cultures and the Natural History Museum Basel trace their origins to the 1840s, when the city of Basel founded its Museum of Natural History and Ethnography to house artifacts and artworks collected by merchants and travelers.In 1849, the museum moved into a large neoclassical edifice designed by Melchior Berri and located on the Münster hill at the heart of Basel, on the site of a former Augustinian monastery. In 1904 the museum created a separate ethnology department (Abteilung für Völkerkunde), and in 1917 the ethnographic collection became an independent institution inside the same building as the Natural History Museum.In the early 20th century, the Ethnographic Museum Basel began sponsoring expeditions to enhance its collections. In 1944 the museum was renamed the "Museum of Ethnology and Swiss Museum of Folklore" (Museum für Völkerkunde und Schweizerisches Museum für Volkskunde) to reflect its dual mission of documenting local as well as "foreign" cultures. Over time the museum shifted its focus to the promotion of intercultural dialog, leading to its official renaming in 1996 as the Museum of Cultures.Plan your visit to Basel Museum of Cultures and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Basel tour itinerary planner.
Basel Museum of Cultures Reviews
I could visit this museum once a week and never get bored! It's like stepping back in time and every time I discover something I haven't seen before. more »
I have been to this museum many times now, as we visit our daughter in Basel, it is one of the most interesting museums I have visited, they have the most divest exhibits ranging from walls of used... more »
Interesting architecture from the outside and a well thought out museum on the inside. The exhibitions are inspired by thoughtful curators. The space is well used and everything is arranged with esthetic design and feel for the space. There is also a gift shop at the entrance that also has local products of good quality.
Beautiful eye catching architecture from the outside. Unfortunately I had no time to admire it from the inside (as I was running late for the train to Zurich). But nothing is lost - there is always next year.
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