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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 206 62 62
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From Monet to Picasso

There is a wide range of paintings in this gallery. The museum is free to visit on the first... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Starkin
Beautiful museum

I was on a business trip to Basel and had a very tight schedule, however, Kunstmuseum was a walking... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Ibidun O
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If You like History and You have a few Hours, Then this is the right Place to go. Eventhough for childrens.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A superb art museum with so much to see in an excellent setting. Our visit coincided with the Chagall exhibition and museumnacht when Basel museums are open until 2pm. Set aside a few hours to fully appreciate all that there is to see. Would recommend...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not the largest art collection I have seen but what was seen was excellent. Enjoyed our visit to the Chagall exhibition, as well as some of the permanent collections. The museum's cafe was excellent too.

Thank Tamzie
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went there mainly for the Marc Chagall exhibition and was not disappointed. Had pintings from collections all over the world and a great photgraphic exhibition to give a bit of background. The rest of the museum is really good too with a nice art collection....More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There's a great deal to see in this gallery and we could easily have spent longer if our time had permitted. We had the benefit of half price admission with our Basel travel card.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As others have noted, the Chagall exhibit is excellent and I enjoyed the other sections of the museum as well. The buildings are lovely and spacious. I would not personally make a special visit to Basel to see this museum, but it is worth a...More

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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

art of the last 120 years in a great architectural shell and the graphic section is superb, central location

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

We enjoy the Chagall Exhibit and viewed all three buildings of the Kunstmuseum. You'll need at least three hours. There's lot to see, and so worth the time. The lifestory and descriptions for Chagall were well written. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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judybudy
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Response from bonneylaketapps | Reviewed this property |
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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Response from bonneylaketapps | Reviewed this property |
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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