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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 206 62 62
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This is an amazing exhibition of works of art by Chagall. It is being shown in the new part of the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Ursula P
wide-ranging collection. something for all art lovers

Even on a rainy Sunday, this art museum doesn't get crowded. Located over 4 (themed) floors and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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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

This is an amazing exhibition of works of art by Chagall. It is being shown in the new part of the museum. The high, wide walls give the paintings and drawings the perfect background and space. They also show an informative film and have made...More

Thank Ursula P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even on a rainy Sunday, this art museum doesn't get crowded. Located over 4 (themed) floors and connecting to the modern art museum via an underground passageway (more like room), there is enough space to disperse the public and leave you with plenty of space...More

Thank acrowe2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You might not expect much from a small-city art museum, but this one has had some serious funding, and has made good purchases. The coverage runs from the Middle Ages to the present, but is heaviest on Impressionists up to Expressionists. Monet, Picasso, van Gogh,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love museums and have a museumspass, so the Kunstmuseum is free for us and we're frequent visitors. It's always worth visiting and seeing the current exhibit. Wear your walking shoes, though. It's huge.

Thank EvilHRLady
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Take lots of time. It is a joy to visit for any one enjoying art. A beautiful mix between contemporary, classic and modern art. Very helpful and friendly staff.

Thank millie2007
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Holbein, Cranach,Hodler! Beautiful building, new wing, superly maintained collection. Never crowded, nice cafeteria also in the courtyard

Thank eugeniash2015
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Thank gsrs
Reviewed 5 weeks 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 14 September 2017

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

Thank Urbane415
Reviewed 11 September 2017

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

Thank Worldtravel1234567
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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
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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