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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 206 62 62
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Fantastic place,could spend hours inside especially with the new contemporary exhibition space... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
via mobile
apart from Chagall, there is nothing much

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

Reviewed 3 days ago
Anand R
Groningen, The Netherlands
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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 3 days 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 3 days ago

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

Thank Anand R
Reviewed 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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

1  Thank drjeff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To get your ticket is already rather hard: you have to wait in line outside (!) with one counter open (on a Sunday!) in cold an rainy weather. Not very friendly. We visited the excellent Chagall special exhibition, highly recommendable if it were not for...More

Thank Pippin55
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is an amazing exhibition of works of art by Chagall. It is being shown in the new part of the museum. The high, wide walls give the paintings and drawings the perfect background and space. They also show an informative film and have made...More

Thank Ursula P
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Even on a rainy Sunday, this art museum doesn't get crowded. Located over 4 (themed) floors and connecting to the modern art museum via an underground passageway (more like room), there is enough space to disperse the public and leave you with plenty of space...More

Thank acrowe2015
Reviewed 3 October 2017

You might not expect much from a small-city art museum, but this one has had some serious funding, and has made good purchases. The coverage runs from the Middle Ages to the present, but is heaviest on Impressionists up to Expressionists. Monet, Picasso, van Gogh,...More

1  Thank MannyG2000
Reviewed 30 September 2017

We love museums and have a museumspass, so the Kunstmuseum is free for us and we're frequent visitors. It's always worth visiting and seeing the current exhibit. Wear your walking shoes, though. It's huge.

Thank EvilHRLady
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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