The Basel Museum of Cultures was founded in 1893 as an ethnographic museum. The museum has a large collection of over 300,000 objects from many different cultures and ethnic groups. The collection consists of artifacts from all continents. The Basel Museum of Cultures is known for its thematic special exhibitions that do not illuminate one culture alone, but rather establish a connection between the ethnic groups. The museum can also convince architecturally. The Basel architects Herzog & de Meuron have built an extravagant top floor in which the museum's special exhibitions are shown.
The Museum of Cultures is located in an inner courtyard on Münsteplatz. The museum is closed on Mondays. For current exhibitions, opening times and admission prices check the link below.
Jean Tinguely (1925-1991) was a Swiss artist who achieved world fame through kinetic art. Tinguely went to the trade school in Basel and was trained as a decorator. In 1951 he moved to Paris with his wife Eva Aeppli, where he met other well-known artists. In 1960 he founded the group Nouveaux Réalistes with Yves Klein and 7 other artists. The artist group use everyday objects and waste to create their works of art.
Jean Tinguely built moving machines from scrap that produced nothing. Its kinetic fountain sculptures that wobble and spray water are famous. In Basel, the carnival fountain has even become a landmark.
Since Jean Tinguely grew up in Basel, the Tinguely Museum is also located here. The museum was designed by Mario Botta and shows many works by the very creative and sometimes ironic artist. The Tinguely Museum is one of Basel's most famous attractions that shouldn't be missed.
The Kunstmuseum Basel is the most famous museum in town. It is also the oldest art museum in the world, because it presented its collection to the public after the purchase of the "Amerbach Kabinett" in 1661. The collection has grown steadily since it was founded and is now one of the most important art museums in the world. The Kunstmuseum Basel owns works by Vincent van Gogh, Peter Paul Rubens, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Renoir, Picasso and many more.
The Kunstmuseum Basel consists of two buildings on St. Alban-Graben. The main building by Paul Bonatz built 1931 and the extension by Christ & Gantenbein architects from 2016.
The Brasilea Foundation has committed itself to promoting Brazilian culture in Basel. Art and cultural events strengthen the exchange of ideas and concepts between the two countries. The Brasilea cultural center has its own art collection thanks to its founder, Walter Wüthrich. Through the cooperation with Brazilian museums and artists, exhibitions are shown here that you would otherwise not get to see in Europe.
The Brasilea is located in the port of Basel, near the border triangle. Since the exhibition is not open every day, you should inform yourself beforehand on the Brasilea website (link below).
Vitra is a Swiss producer of high-quality designer furniture based in Birsfelden near Basel. However, the Vitra Design Museum is located in Germany, north of Basel in Weil am Rhein. The Vitra Campus consists of several buildings by famous architects such as Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron (photo), Tadao Ando, SANAA, Nicholas Grimshaw and Frank O. Gehry. » Basel architecture guide. The Vitra Design Museum is located in a building by Frank O. Gehry. World-famous design classics are exhibited here, such as the cantilever chair by Marcel Breuer, the Rietveld chair, the lounge chair by Charles Eames and many more.
How to get there?
The easiest way to get there is by car. There is a visitor car park at Charles-Eames-Straße 1, 79576 Weil am Rhein. From Basel, bus 55 goes from Carla Platz in Kleinbasel directly to the entrance of the Vitra Campus. It about 5 Kilometers from the historic center of Basel to the Vitra Design Museum in Germany.
The Fondation Beyeler is located in the Basel suburb of Riehen. The museum goes back to Ernst Beyerle, who established the foundation in 1982 together with his wife Hilda. As a gallery owner, he bought works of art from classical modernism with artists such as Picasso, Kandinsky, Matisse, Giacometti, Miró, Warhol, Calder, Lichtenstein, to name just a few. The Fondation Beyeler regularly organizes great temporary exhibitions.
The museum building was designed by Renzo Piano. The Italian star architect became world famous for the Center Pompidou, which he designed together with Richard Rogers. An extension by Peter Zumthor is already planned.
How to get there?
The best way to get to the Fondation Beyeler is by tram 6 from the center of Basel. The Riehen / Fondation Beyeler stop is right in front of the entrance. If you are traveling by car, you have to park the vehicle in the parking garage nearby. There are hardly any parking spaces for visitors in Riehen. If you park your car incorrectly, you can expect high fines in Switzerland.