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The Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural history museum) has been located in this former Augustine monastery since 1849. What began as a collection of curiosities is now a center for science and research. Most of the eight million objects in the colletion are on display, and the museum's strengths lie in paleontology, mineralogy, zoology, entomology and anthropology, but you don't need a degree to visit. The other exhibits, including early man, dinosaurs and insects, will appeal to visitors both young and old.
This collection of instruments seemed like the poor relation of the Historical Musem for many years - a lack of money and space that only a few of the more than 2000 instruments were on display. Anonymous donors made the dream of a building for the museum possible - instruments from over the ages are now exhibited in this former prison. The instruments all come from civil collections, which makes this museum slightly different to those in Paris and Vienna. Drums, trumpets, horns and many other lesser-known instruments are all on display. They have 255 examples of music being played on the instruments on display, and the touchscreen technology insures an educational visit.
Basel's youth theater highlights upcoming performing arts acted by talented aspiring actors. Shows in various genres are regularly hosted, and young performers enthrall the crowd with their energetic streak. The Junges Theater Basel also organizes theater classes for teenagers and adolescents who want to discover the inner artist in them.
Basel's Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel honors and exhibits every child's first playmate and best friend- dolls and teddy bears. With over 6000 on display at this museum, everyday scenes from the life of dolls have been recreated with love and fantastic flair. At Puppenhausmuseum the exhibits certainly inspire the same magical fascination as in childhood. The four floors with around 1000 square meters (10,763 square feet) of dolls will make anyone feel nostalgic. After visiting this museum, you'll go home, throw out the new computer game, find your old teddy and return him to his rightful place.
The Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum, established in 1984, is small but influential. The privately run museum has 400 square meters (4305 square feet) of exhibition space on four floors. The building itself is one of the few examples of modern 1950s architecture in Basel. There are three exhibition areas: Swiss Modern Architecture (e.g. Le Corbusier), Contemporary International Architecture (Gehry), and international shows, which highlight the links between art and architecture. The DomusHaus bookshop on the ground floor has a wide range of design and architecture books.