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Housed within the confines of the former Klingental Dominican convent, Museum Kleines Klingental displays sculptures right from the Middle Ages. For the history and art aficionados, there is also a 17th Century model of the city, awaiting you. The convent's history unfolds itself through the art works on exhibit. The venue can also be hired for private parties, anniversaries, weddings, business meetings, seminars and other events.
The former Museum of Folklore is now the Cultural Museum, and is the largest and most important of its kind in Switzerland. People from far and wide are placed under the microscope at Museum der Kulturen. Their ways of life, cultures and much more are presented to the visitor in close-up. Workshops, tours and lectures also aid this task. They've collected quite a few treasures over the last hundred odd years. The South Sea and Old America exhibits are world famous, but the wood panels from a Mayan temple in Guatemala are undoubtedly a highpoint. All the temporary exhibitions held are excellent too.
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.
Who knows if Jean Tinguely would have believed, had you told him that his creations would once be housed in such noble rooms? The museum building was opened by Mario Botta in 1996, and is sponsored by the local chemical company, Hoffman La Roche. Even the garden of the tower houses work by Tinguely in the shape of a fountain. A bigger version can be found on the Theaterplatz. Tinguely loved to make things, and the museum is full of his moving machine sculptures, and sculptures that you can sometimes walk through. Children and adults alike love this museum and various exhibitions which highlight works by other artists similar to Tinguely complement the permanent exhibits. Check website for more details.