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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 206 62 62
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Spacious rooms for this collection...

Not the largest art collection I have seen but what was seen was excellent. Enjoyed our visit to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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chagall exhibition is stunning

Went there mainly for the Marc Chagall exhibition and was not disappointed. Had pintings from... read more

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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
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Reviewed yesterday

Not the largest art collection I have seen but what was seen was excellent. Enjoyed our visit to the Chagall exhibition, as well as some of the permanent collections. The museum's cafe was excellent too.

Thank Tamzie
Reviewed yesterday

Went there mainly for the Marc Chagall exhibition and was not disappointed. Had pintings from collections all over the world and a great photgraphic exhibition to give a bit of background. The rest of the museum is really good too with a nice art collection....More

Thank stevieblooz
Reviewed 5 days ago

There's a great deal to see in this gallery and we could easily have spent longer if our time had permitted. We had the benefit of half price admission with our Basel travel card.

Thank Travel-Lightbeam
Reviewed 5 days ago

As others have noted, the Chagall exhibit is excellent and I enjoyed the other sections of the museum as well. The buildings are lovely and spacious. I would not personally make a special visit to Basel to see this museum, but it is worth a...More

Thank PamelaK O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

art of the last 120 years in a great architectural shell and the graphic section is superb, central location

Thank wellh0e
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoy the Chagall Exhibit and viewed all three buildings of the Kunstmuseum. You'll need at least three hours. There's lot to see, and so worth the time. The lifestory and descriptions for Chagall were well written. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank MapleLeafGirl123
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very interesting museum, although might be a bit too much if you’re not a massive fun of paintings etc. Personally, I found the last 3rd modern arts part of the museum most interesting

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had been meaning to visit for ages now that I spend a fair bit of time in Basel on business. Should have taken a day not 2 hours. The new building is impressive architecturally especially for the scale of each floor. The Chagall gives an...More

Thank HT1359
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was included in our Basel Art Pass. We visited the exhibition "Chagall, the breakthrough years", with paintings from the Jewish shtetl in Russia. Lunch in their café, reasonable.

Thank GYWX
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent almost an entire day here, looking at both buildings. Wonderful collection of 20th century art. There was also a Chagal exhibit when I visited, which was wonderful.

Thank CookGirl-CA
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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