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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 206 62 62
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An interesting collection

Religious art, renaissance art and later art- an enjoyable experience. Nonetheless, ,we found in... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Vaux le voyage

Incredible beautiful art collection. When you are in Basel, don't miss it. Specially interesting... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 6 days ago

Religious art, renaissance art and later art- an enjoyable experience. Nonetheless, ,we found in most respects other European collections more impressive. However, the museum should not be missed - it has a wonderful collection of very special Swiss artists, e.g. Hödel, and a number of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Incredible beautiful art collection. When you are in Basel, don't miss it. Specially interesting: the "Entartete Kunst" from Germany

Thank Alice S
Reviewed 1 week ago

A ticket at the Kunstmuseum for SFr.23 will get you into the Kunstmuseum, the Neubau, and the Gengenwart Museums. MUSEUM 1: The Hauptbau Museum has an extensive Medieval and Renaissance art collection of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The Swiss Mountains exhibit on the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is well organized and a nice permanent collection of contemporary artists along with visiting exhibits.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am an art history enthusiast, specifically of European paintings, and this museum wow-ed me with the amount of significant paintings in-house. There were lots of pieces (but not too much as to overwhelm) and I enjoyed the visit very much, as it was like...More

Thank Christine T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is spread out over three buildings - roughly divided by styles. The contemporary art selection is outstanding and very well presented, as well as the opportunity to learn of some Swiss artists we were unfamiliar with.

Thank codish
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the main collection as we had a few hours spare, and were overwhelmed by the quality of the collection on display. Unfortunately we ran out of time to cover the main collection, but it was fantastic. The architecture of the new and old...More

Thank Austind88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a Museum full of masterpieces, not only most important modern artists are present, but the museum has a choice of the very best works of each single artist. The "Island of the dead" of Boeklin alone, is worth the vist.

Thank sfintoni
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There was a visiting exhibition of Cezzane when we happened to be in Basel for the day. We loved the exhibition. Didn't really have the time to go through their permanent exhibits.

Thank Dimple19
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having seen museums in several major world cities, but also knowing the reputation of Basel, I wondered what the art museum would be like. It is simply stunning. Whole rooms devoted to major artists. Stellar works. Spacious galleries (not cluttered) with places to sit and...More

Thank WoofleDust
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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