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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 a 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.
Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig is entirely devoted to the historical origins and the development of art in the Mediterranean region. A range of special displays and temporary exhibitions make for a worth trip back into the history of the region. You will find a range of exotic displays ranging from 4B.C to 6 A.D that will allow you to delve deeper into Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Etruscan cultures.
The foundations for the Kunstmuseum were laid when the city of Basel purchased the Amerbachsche Kabinett. This private collection, which boasted works by Holbein among others, was the world's first publicly owned one. Work by Witz, Schongauer, Cranach, Grünewald and others also displays the renaissance's rich artistic traditions. 19th-century art is also featured with Arnold Böcklin's work at the forefront. He did, after all come from Basel. Marble steps take visitors to the museum's upper floors. 20th-century art by greats such as Leger, Braque and Picasso can be found here as can abstract expressionist and pop art pieces. The building itself is almost cubic. Situated near the Wettsteingbridge, it also houses a library and copper-plate engraving cabinet.