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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 206 62 62
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Extraordinary museum...

Positive: - situation on the city: totally center - prices: for Swiss standards - quality of the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Óscar M
Albacete, Spain
via mobile
Better than planned but quiet pricey

We only bought the basic tickets which allowed us in the two main floors. The kids quite liked it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Devon B
Leicester, United Kingdom
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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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St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 206 62 62
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Positive: - situation on the city: totally center - prices: for Swiss standards - quality of the collection: the first XXth century pieces are outstanding. Picasso, Braque, Mondrian, Van Doesburg... almost all of the paintings are master pieces! Negative: - nothing

1  Thank Óscar M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We only bought the basic tickets which allowed us in the two main floors. The kids quite liked it although the guards were very invasive, followed us around the whole time and made us feel very uncomfortable. Pricing extremely expensive if you want full access.

3  Thank Devon B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this museum, being in Basel, due to our interest in modern art. This museum houses the outstanding collection of not only the works of the modern artists,such as Picasso, Braque, Munch, Paul Klee, Chagall, but also the paintings from more older periods of...More

2  Thank Oleg Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I opted for the CHF18 basic ticket as my AUD was no match for the mighty franc! After affixing my ignominious pauper's sticker to my shirt, I made my way first through the Hauptbau which displays several household-name masters including Picassos & Miros. I really...More

1  Thank machineryofnight88
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great museum with good permanent collection, v. large new wing just added, but mostly filled with "modern" art which is not to my taste. Occasional VG exhibits, but they cost a lot.

1  Thank Greg T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the finest art museums in terms of the variety of collections you would find in Switzerland. 3 floors of hundreds of art types with an audio guide and hour after hour of art; there can't be a better way to spend the afternoon.

1  Thank CorporateProphet
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has a huge collection of superb art; the collections from the impressionists onward include works by pretty much every artist you can think of. The Picasso and cubist collection stand out in particular, and unlike many galleries you can get as near to...More

1  Thank Duncan M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We originally thought that this museum was closed because it did not look like there was any activity. Therefore, we spent time taking photos of the pretty surroundings. When we finally entered the museum, we found it was Happy Hour - a free hour from...More

1  Thank Britadon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I had a great 2.5h here. We wished we had more time as it simply was not enough. You could easily spend 5 hours there (maybe more!). We didn't even make it to the 3rd level. We got the audio guide and...More

Thank Maria A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our oldest is a Fine Arts major so we made a special trip to Basel. This is an impressive museum. Especially enjoyed the Prado exhibit.

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1 April 2017|
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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
Dilara T
5 February 2017|
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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
6 November 2016|
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Response from Redfoody2015 | Reviewed this property |
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