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Museum of Music (HMB)

Im Lohnhof 9, Basel, Switzerland
+41 61 205 86 00
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A 'V7-I' Experience

I wrote the same quirky review in their visitor's book! But seriously, although an intimate space... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2017
Fitzroy, Australia
A delightful and interesting museum

My daughter is a musician so we knew we had to visit - definitely the right call. It's a very... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2017
Fairfax Station, Virginia
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The Museum in the PrisonThe Museum of Music is housed in the Lohnhof, a building steeped in history. Originally part of a convent, the Lohnhof was used as a prison right up to 1995. Unlike its erstwhile inmates, today’s visitors to the Lohnhof are at liberty to roam through Switzerland’s largest collection of musical instruments. Spread over three floors, the Museum of Music boasts some 650 instruments spanning five centuries of music history. The cells serve as exhibition space, but just to make sure their former occupants are not completely forgotten, one of them has been left in its original state. The remaining twenty-four turn the history of music and musical instruments into feast for the eyes and ears alike. Interactive screens allow visitors to bring the instruments inside the display cases to life by replaying samples and listening to what they sound like when played. On your tour of the museum you will have a chance to hear all sorts of music, from the familiar to the curious.
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Im Lohnhof 9, Basel, Switzerland
+41 61 205 86 00
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

I wrote the same quirky review in their visitor's book! But seriously, although an intimate space (& mind your head if you're tall!), the Museum of Music has a wonderful collection of period keyboards in excellent condition which can be closely inspected without velvet ropes...More

Thank machineryofnight88
Reviewed 24 June 2017

My daughter is a musician so we knew we had to visit - definitely the right call. It's a very interesting museum; built in an old jail so each cell has been converted to exhibition space. One cell was left intact so you can see...More

Thank BardAdmirer
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed walking around this museum. Three floors with lots of different instruments on each It used to be a prison and they have kept one cell as it was so you can compare it to what they have done with the other cells....More

Thank AmerzHardy
Reviewed 10 March 2017

we had a great and interesting visit to the music museum, we learnt a lot about the ancient musical instrumants

Thank רחלי ק
Reviewed 27 July 2016

its was fun to see all the old and ancient instruments. Many had recordings available so you could hear the sounds they made. Its was a very easy self tour and an interesting building to boot - previously a prison.

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 21 July 2016

I love music museums and try to visit one in any city that has one (I play an instrument myself). This museum was very small and not curated or displayed that well, in my opinion, I thought there would be more. It is mainly several...More

Thank ChristinaW
Reviewed 8 May 2016

In the old city and Set high on a hill next to the Huguenot church overlooking the valley below is this museum of Music created within the old City Prison. You can see one cell with scene set up as a prisoner's cell but most...More

Thank FoodieArch
Reviewed 9 February 2016

A must for lovers of music and musical instruments having some one or two hours to spare while in Basel

Thank Andreas N
Reviewed 24 October 2015

This museum had so much to share-a huge variety of instruments and sounds you can play off an intuitive screen. The staff were great. Don't forget to try out the Chinese "bowl" in the lobby and get the water to vibrate!

Thank Phoebebigelow
Reviewed 26 July 2015

This museum was great to look around. The computers in each room that translated everything and gave sound clips so you could hear what each instrument sounded like were fab. I spent a good few hours here although I think it definitely made it more...More

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Mirela G
12 August 2017|
Response from רחלי ק | Reviewed this property |
the nearest is tram no. 3 have nice visit.