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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

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Neighbourhood: Vorstädte
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Address: St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
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+41 61 206 62 62
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

The Kunstmuseum Basel is home to one of the largest and oldest public...

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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Without question a world class art collection. Particularly strong on Picasso, Chagall and Klee of the modern set but there's something for every taste. I caught the Pollock... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Without question a world class art collection. Particularly strong on Picasso, Chagall and Klee of the modern set but there's something for every taste. I caught the Pollock exhibition which was very well put together.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic museum with a lot to discover. They display art of all centuries and some great pieces. We enjoyed it very much. The only unfortunate thing was - in my point of view - that there is little explanation about the paintings, styles, artists, periods, etc. We didn't want one of these headphones as we wanted to go throw the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Basel fine arts museum has a unique collection of both modern and old Masters art. The new extension fits well with the old part. Great lunch for visitors. The service is a bit mediocre as somehow the Swiss do not feel the need to be cordial to clients and customers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed this museum very much. Easy access to all floors and the museum was clean, spacious and well laid out. Take some time here,as there is a lot to see on each floor. I recommend a glass of wine and a meal on the main floor area at the end of your tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This gallery apparently is relatively new - its collection is spectacular from Holbein to Klee, with Renoirs, Cezannes, a spectacular collection of Picassos and more others than you could possibly imagine. The separate gallery rooms make it spacious and airy - all in all it is formidable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Great museum, well worth going. Lots of interesting exhibits, well displayed. Great building too. Lots to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Astonishing world class art gallery. I have visited galleries all over the world and this is by far the best in terms of the selection of works, the hanging and lighting and just the space.Really outstanding and unmissable. The Pollock exhibition was great and I am now reassessing an artist I previously didn't rate.Didnt much like the third building which... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

I visited Basel's Kunstmuseum in November 2016 during its Jackson Pollock temp exhibit. Cost of the visit: 23 swiss francs Be advised that no photos are allowed -- with or without flash -- in any of the galleries in any of the Kunstmuseum's three buildings. You are allowed, however, to photograph a few outdoor sculptures in its interior courtyard including... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Three buildings full of art. Two of the buildings are connected with an underground route while the third is 5 mins away. The Kunstmuseum is definitely worth a visit but make sure you have enough time to take in everything because it will be a long day.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Gallery in my view was more impressive as a building than a lot of the works or art and artifacts. Was expecting more but whilst not living up to expectation, was a very enjoyable visit.

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