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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

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Address: St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 61 206 62 62
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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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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... read more

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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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Birsfelden, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since I live in Basel and when I have guests I love to take them to our world famous fine arts museum. They just opened a new building where we did see some great art from all times. The Basel Fine Arts Museum also has a pretty coffee shop and restaurant attached to it, where it is great to have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very big and varied museum. Good modern collection and also medieval rooms. Selection of work by Joseph Beuys. Free on the first Sunday of the month.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The collection has an impressive collection of medieval paintings, especially Hans Holbein the younger. Additionally, it has an equally impressive collection of modern art from the 19th and 20th centuries. There is also quite a collection of work by artists from Switzerland and Basel. The building is modern but in a quite a classical style. It is easy to get... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The new expansion is architecturally fantastic, although the access via the 'old' remodeled museum is somewhat complicated and unattractive. The placement of some pictures as e.g. a big Hodler-Figure in a narrow corridor is not at all adequate.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has an extensive collection of pieces. I went to see the Jackson Pollack exhibit which was there at the time but also went through numerous galleries. Most have English subtexts.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum proposes permanent collections with major artworks but also temporary exhibitions. It is a way to discover art or to improve your knowledge. Il is also locate in the old historical part of Basel which is interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is a must-see in Basel. It is one of the premier museums and art collections in all of Europe. Its permanent exhibition is absolutely stunning with one masterpiece after another. The museum is also known for its extensive collection of Holbeins (the Younger, the Elder, and relatives). In addition, they currently have an excellent exhibition going on of... More 

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