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.
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 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 Barfüsserplatz's Historisches Museum Basel is located in a historical building, the Barfüsserkirche. One of the largest museums of Switzerland, the highlights of the museum are the Basel Minster Treasure, various impressive glass paintings, and fragments of the Basel Dance of Death from the disappeared cemetery wall of the Predigerkloster. Historisches Museum Basel has a huge exhibition area of 6200 meters (20,341 feet).
The Augusta Raurica is a rich source of information for those interested in learning more about ancient Roman history and civilization. Take a walk down time and experience the baths which have still been maintained like they were, hundreds of years go. The museum is always crowded with school children on educational excursions or with travelers. Also check out the excavations, the silver collection and the 'house zoo'.
The little-known southern German town of Weil am Rhein has one major attraction, the Vitra Design Museum, sponsored by the furniture manufacturer Vitra. Art and design lovers from all over the world pay a visit to the small town on the Swiss-German border to admire the selection of designer chairs. Yet the wonderful museum designed by architect Frank O.Gehry is itself worthy of a visit. Vitra Design Museum features quite an unusual architecture. The long hall inside the building is attention-grabbing and is the perfect backdrop for this innovative collection.
An intriguing yet extraordinary museum of art, Skulpturhalle Basel features some of the most popular statues and sculptures. While most of what is housed here are replicas of the originals that can be found around the world, the installations found here are not any less fascinating than their original counterparts. With a collection of over 2,200 casts of Roman and Greek masterpieces, this is believed to be the largest of its kind. While catching a glimpse of the original works might cost you much more time and money, this museum enables you to experience it all in a single visit.
Anatomisches Museum at the University of Basel was set up by Carl Gustav Jung is a unique place to be. If you are a student of medicine and are looking for a detailed study into the anatomical structure of man, this is the place for you. Special exhibits and temporary collections take you through a detailed tour of the human body. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
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.
Far from only being important on an international level, the Kunsthalle Basel is actually one of the world's leading exhibitors for contemporary art. The gallery is run by the Basler Art Society, which has been holding exhibitions since 1872. Moreover, the exhibitions change on a regular basis and are accompanied by performances and lectures. The program of events is also supplemented by video and audio-visual aids, on the ground floor of the Kunsthalle. The gallery also works with other institutions, such as the Cargo Bar and the Kaskadenkondensator.