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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 206 62 62
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Loved it!!!

My boyfriend and I had a great 2.5h here. We wished we had more time as it simply was not enough... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Maria A
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Impressive Collection

Our oldest is a Fine Arts major so we made a special trip to Basel. This is an impressive museum... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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The Kunstmuseum Basel is home to one of the largest and oldest public museum collections in Europe. In its unique history, it has assembled works from the early fifteenth century to the present. The Kunstmuseum Basel houses the Galerie (Gallery) and the Kupferstichkabinett (Department of Prints and Drawings). The main focus is on paintings and drawings by artists active in the Upper Rhine region between 1400 and 1600 and of the 19th and 21st century. The Kunstmuseum Basel possesses the world`s largest collection of works by the Holbein family. Further examples of Renaissance art include major pieces by masters such as Konrad Witz, Martin Schongauer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Matthias Grünewald. Most of these early treasures originally belonged to the collection of a Basel lawyer, Basilius Amerbach. Purchased by the city in 1661, they formed the core of the world`s first public municipal museum. Paintings by Basel-born Arnold Böcklin feature among the 19th-century highlights. In the field of 20th-century art, the accent is on Cubism (Picasso, Braque, Léger), German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism and American art since 1950. Contemporary art is exhibited at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Museum of Contemporary Art).
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“van gogh” (25 reviews)
“new building” (23 reviews)
“modern art” (28 reviews)
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St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I had a great 2.5h here. We wished we had more time as it simply was not enough. You could easily spend 5 hours there (maybe more!). We didn't even make it to the 3rd level. We got the audio guide and...More

Thank Maria A
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our oldest is a Fine Arts major so we made a special trip to Basel. This is an impressive museum. Especially enjoyed the Prado exhibit.

Thank OkayNY
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I enjoy visiting museums but I am not a big fan of the cost in Switzerland. Fortunately the free entry hours allow you to work around this. Very enjoyable and representative collection, but a shame that it was a bit rushed to see everything. In...More

Thank Cheryl M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The regular collection of the Basel fine arts museum is a good one for the city with pieces by Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Pissaro, Bonnard, Picasso, Mondrian. These are more typical, but nice to see. We particular valued the special exhibition on the Hidden Cezanne:...More

Thank mcr1018
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not a museum you can see on a single visit. I had the opportunity to see the Hidden Cezanne and The Prado special exhibitions. This would've been enough for a visit. But being there why not at least seeing the other highlights... there...More

Thank Hernando C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very good place to visit. The collection is great especially for not a major city, it was a nice surprise.

Thank Natlovestravel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Plan on spending an entire day in this museum. There are three buildings to go through. Such an extensive collection. Plus, they had three special exhibitions going on: Cezanne, Otto Freundlich, and a Prado lent-collection. I liked the fact that they give emphasis to their...More

Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum was recommended by a colleague of mine. You will find Picasso, Rembrandt, Monet (and MUCH more)--they had a showcase of "lost" Cezanne. It was amazing--but I was short on time to spend there so I blew through. Either know you may have to...More

Thank Alikdj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located close to the historical centre. If you like sacred ancient painting, don't miss it. The collection of modern artists is also interesting. Lightning in some rooms could be better. Basic legends on the paintings are also written in English. The shop is good, but...More

Thank Mabedui
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A relaxing place, collections (including several Van Goghs) are impressive for a small town museum and are beautifully arranged and the new wing houses interesting exhibitions.

Thank Alexander P
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judybudy
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There is an entrance fee of about 18 CHF. I don't remember if there were captions in English but staff speaks excellent English, and they have flyers with info in English
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Dilara T
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Here is the list of free with Swiss Rail Pass museums in Zurich: Focus Terra ETH*. Graphische Sammlung der ETH Zürich*. Haus Konstruktiv. Johann Jacobs Museum. Kulturama. Medizinmuseum der Universität Zürich* (Neueröffnung... More
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If you are planning to visit Basel, give yourself enough time to thoroughly enjoy the main building. Depending on when you plan to be in Basel, my suggestion would be to visit the museum websites which you would like to... More
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