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 works of 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 walkthrough. Children and adults alike love this museum and various exhibitions which highlight works by other artists similar to Tinguely complement the permanent exhibits.
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.
Ernst Beyeler is without doubt one of the world's most renowned gallery owners and collectors. Rarely do you find the work of so many masters under one roof. Beyeler, with the help of his wife Hildy, has accumulated over 180 modern classics. Important works by Cézanne, Van Gogh, Picasso, Warhol and Bacon highlight the collection. The museum shop offers a wide range of high quality books, art cards and special design objects.
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.
Basler Papiermühle is a veritable delight for lovers of art! This unique museum is also a paper factory that churns out a huge variety of paper on a daily basis. The printing and writing mill is home to a multitude of colorful paper sheets that come in all shapes, sizes and patterns for your viewing pleasure. Children will love to leisurely explore the passel of paper creations on offer that makes for a great gifting option. Take calligraphy lessons or get involved in the process of making envelopes, there's some course or the other to keep all of you interested. You can purchase a hoard of notebooks, files and other paper creations at the mill as you take a tour of this exotic museum.
The former barracks is now the number one place for cultural events in Basel. A gaggle of buildings surrounding a meadow hosts diverse exhibitions and all manner of cultural happenings. The complex includes a bar, a restaurant, and a theater/concert space, designed in a lively combination. The meadow is the only real green space in this part of Basel. It is often used as a sports pitch, and on warm summer nights serves the visitors to the events as a relaxing space. And while the theater management constantly succeeds in attracting sought after international companies to Basel, the concert organizers keep a firm eye on the newest trends and alternative groups.
Jewish Museum of Switzerland pays a fitting tribute to the Jewish culture by way of exotic displays that illustrate old world Jewish charm,thanks to a plethora of artifacts and objects. Explore the Jewish calendar, their way of dressing, facets of their daily life, tombstones among other interesting facts of their life. Glimpse into their historical-social backgrounds as you trace their development as a religious group.
Tabourettli at Theater Fauteuil is one of the best cabaret theaters in the city. This beautiful cabaret theater features a piano, a fully-stocked bar, and a small stage. The seating arrangement here is flexible and the capacity can be adjusted so as to accommodate a varying number of audiences depending on the popularity of the show. You can sip your favorite drink and munch scrumptious snacks before, or during the interval of the show. The wide range of entertaining performances hosted at Tabouretti has made this one of the best entertainment venues in the city.
Xoco Tour Basel is an entertaining as well as an educative tour that takes you around the wonderful city of Basel. You can get to see the charming old town, where some of the most delicious chocolates take birth. All those who have a fetish for Swiss chocolates, can now indulge in it as much as they want. The tour also organizes a tasting session for you to decide, before buying your favorite chocolate. Their local tour guide will leave no stone unturned in making you comfortable and happy.
Unternehmen Mitte Basel is a cafe and event venue located in an renovated industrial building which used to be a bank. The coffee house not only serves as a trendy venue to meet up with friends after work, but also organizes special courses in the art of coffee-making. Several yoga and meditation events as well as talks on topics pertaining to the corporate sector are organized at Unternehmen Mitte Basel. The place also has a number of rooms which can be rented for events and parties.