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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Very impressive art museum in Basel.

We spent 2 hours here on our visit and could have spent another 2, but our schedule didn't allow... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alpharetta, Georgia
3 buildings full of interesting art

We spent all day here, and thoroughly enjoyed the art and the buildings. The Fuseli exhibition was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
London, 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...more
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St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 206 62 62
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 2 hours here on our visit and could have spent another 2, but our schedule didn't allow. All of the exhibits, old and new, were remarkable. We were lucky enough to have visited during the exhibit of the brilliant Sam Gilliam's "The Music...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent all day here, and thoroughly enjoyed the art and the buildings. The Fuseli exhibition was a highlight. The Joseph Beuys permanent exhibition in the building by the river is well worth the pleasant walk.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Martakov
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This really is a top-notch art museum, covering everything from Flemish masters, to Impressionists, to pop art and photography. There is a lovely collection of pieces of Swiss mountains that's worth seeing. Take your time to study the Holbein portraits. Go visit the new building...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank christina s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great art....so well worth a visit. My thoughts after a number of visits. Why, oh why, do you have to q outside in the cold in order to get your tickets? I just don't get this. Surely there is room inside for a ticket desk...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

Came for Art Basel and enjoyed several other venues while in town. They had a great Sam Gilliam exhibit along with their permanent collection. Highly recommend a visit here.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

This is a huge museum. We mainly went to see the Holbeins, but also saw Picasso, Monet. There are several buildings. Use your Basel card provided by hotel and save 50% on entrance

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank emkandis
Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

This extensive museum requires at least three hours to do it justice because in the Masters Section are many famous works by artists, such as Rembrandt and Vincent Van Gogh. One painting that was hundreds of years old, entitled The Plague, had a themed skeleton...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DrAustinLouis
Reviewed 18 October 2018

This is no ordinary fine arts museum. Its collection is probably the richest of any European museum. Pablo Picasso donated once a picture after he learned that the Basel residents collected money to buy one his paintings. Worth a visit. The exhibition walls are not...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank StefanCal
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

A huge number of paintings of famous painters, including some Swiss. A must visit museum if you like art

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank johannesc299
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

The forecast was rain all day so I went. Two hours in, it got sunny but I was okay with my decision and was thoroughly engrossed. Great art, classic, modern and contemporary, beautiful curated. Because I had the 15 day SwissPass it was also FREE,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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1 April 2017|
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Response from jarchcun | Reviewed this property |
Hi there! There is an entrance fee until 4 PM, one hour before closing. There are museum brochures you can keep as well as explanatory sheets in most rooms you may borrow in English. I am sure you will enjoy one the top art... More
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5 February 2017|
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Response from bonneylaketapps | Reviewed this property |
Want to stress it: the museum is not free even if you have Swill Rail Pass. This is one of few museums in Switzerland that are not included in the list of free museums with Swiss Rail Pass
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