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. Works by Witz, Schongauer, Cranach, Grünewald and others showcase renaissance's rich artistic traditions. 19th-century art is also featured here 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 well as abstract expressionist and pop artworks. The building itself is almost cubic. Located near the Wettsteingbridge, it also houses a library and copper-plate engraving cabinet.
The Museum for contemporary art is housed in a modern building next to the river Rhine and its collection brings together pieces from the Emanuel-Hoffman foundation and Basel's public collection. The museum was opened in 1980 to make these collections available for public viewing. Contemporary artists from the beginning of the 1960s to the present day are represented. Josef Beuys, Bruce Nauman and Rosmarie Trockel are a few greats whose work is on display as is that of American artists, such as Robert Gober and Matthew Barney. The museum also holds special exhibitions on a regular basis, and to gain extra insight into an exhibition, patrons can take advantage of the calendar of events, which includes films, lectures and the like.
Museum für Musikautomaten is home to a multitude of musical machines that make this museum a popular tourist hub of the country. The museum houses a collection of machines and trinkets that play music, including music boxes and jewelery. With its wide range of musical clocks, dials, watches and instruments among a range of other musical inventions, this museum will amaze you with its impressive collection.
Located in the Swiss town of Münchenstein, the Watermill Museum Brüglingen is a historic 16th-century watermill that has now been converted into a museum with functioning grinding stones equipment and antique displays. Visitors are taken through the various wood and stone machines and are shown a live process of grinding the grains with the mill powered by the water wheel. Owned and maintained by the Meriangarten society, the museum is open daily from 8.00a to sunset and has free admission.