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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 206 62 62
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Wear comfortable shoes!

There is loads of stuff to see in this museum - as you would expect but wear comfortable shoes... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
London, United Kingdom
Free First Sunday of the month!

We visited on the first Sunday of the month when free to wander around most parts - you still have... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Worthing, 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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“new building” (26 reviews)
“modern art” (30 reviews)
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St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 206 62 62
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Reviewed 5 days ago

There is loads of stuff to see in this museum - as you would expect but wear comfortable shoes - you will end up walking for miles! Also, you are expected to leave your coats and bags in a (free) locker - I left my...More

Thank RuthieMead
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited on the first Sunday of the month when free to wander around most parts - you still have to pay for special exhibits. I'm not hugely into art so ours was a quick tour round, but a good selection of different styles of...More

Thank scotties00
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Chagall exhibition is simply brilliant. I rarely was in anything better or even equal. Dont miss it.

Thank r0landbrunner
Reviewed 1 week ago

The fine art museum is actually in three buildings. There are some famous and fabulous artworks to see here and it's not too crowded. A must for art-lovers. Worth getting the Basel Card from the Tourist Information Office in town: you will be able to...More

Thank Corinna G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A bit pricey to get in but worth it if you are an art fan. A beautiful plaza leads to a spacious hall. Remember to put your bag and coat in the locker room or security will chase you and shout at you. There are...More

Thank Martyn H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic place,could spend hours inside especially with the new contemporary exhibition space, covers art through all the time periods

Thank d136d
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well, the curator need to get more stuff than collection of 15th century porn ! Chagall was organized well.

Thank Anand R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is fabulous! The architecture is fantastic and the art is amazing! If you’re in Basel, do not miss this! It is spread through three buildings and a wonderful way to spend an entire day! (Or days!)

Thank DessertDiva208
Reviewed 1 November 2017

I recommend purchasing the ticket in advance, it's possible to do it online on the museum's website. I visited on a Sunday morning and wasted almost half an hour on the queue. They're hosting a beautiful Chagall exhibition, and besides his amazing work visitors can...More

Thank Marina L
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

I had always wanted to visit this museum after I read about the new building. It is a great museum to visit with a wonderful collection. But the best thing was the current Chagall exhibit. It was the best and most extensive Chagall retrospective I...More

2  Thank drjeff
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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
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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