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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

Closes in 20 min: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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3 buildings full of interesting art

We spent all day here, and thoroughly enjoyed the art and the buildings. The Fuseli exhibition was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
World-class museum - a must see

This really is a top-notch art museum, covering everything from Flemish masters, to Impressionists... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
christina s
Bern, Switzerland
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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...more
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St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 206 62 62
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 1 March 2015

The Kunstmuseum will be extended by a new building, therefore, the museum will be rearranged and is temporeraly closed. Reopening in April 2016. In the meantime you are invited to visit the Museum for Contemporary Art (Museum für Gegenwartskunst) where you find on an a...More

13  Thank Faber689
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

The title of my review relates to the first installation you will encounter. This is a load of loudspeakers with random Americans saying the days of the We week creating a cacophony of noise. Tip: recreate this at home by inviting friends and family to...More

3  Thank Carras1982
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent all day here, and thoroughly enjoyed the art and the buildings. The Fuseli exhibition was a highlight. The Joseph Beuys permanent exhibition in the building by the river is well worth the pleasant walk.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This really is a top-notch art museum, covering everything from Flemish masters, to Impressionists, to pop art and photography. There is a lovely collection of pieces of Swiss mountains that's worth seeing. Take your time to study the Holbein portraits. Go visit the new building...More

Thank christina s
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great art....so well worth a visit. My thoughts after a number of visits. Why, oh why, do you have to q outside in the cold in order to get your tickets? I just don't get this. Surely there is room inside for a ticket desk...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came for Art Basel and enjoyed several other venues while in town. They had a great Sam Gilliam exhibit along with their permanent collection. Highly recommend a visit here.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a huge museum. We mainly went to see the Holbeins, but also saw Picasso, Monet. There are several buildings. Use your Basel card provided by hotel and save 50% on entrance

Thank emkandis
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This extensive museum requires at least three hours to do it justice because in the Masters Section are many famous works by artists, such as Rembrandt and Vincent Van Gogh. One painting that was hundreds of years old, entitled The Plague, had a themed skeleton...More

Thank DrAustinLouis
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is no ordinary fine arts museum. Its collection is probably the richest of any European museum. Pablo Picasso donated once a picture after he learned that the Basel residents collected money to buy one his paintings. Worth a visit. The exhibition walls are not...More

1  Thank StefanCal
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

A huge number of paintings of famous painters, including some Swiss. A must visit museum if you like art

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Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

The forecast was rain all day so I went. Two hours in, it got sunny but I was okay with my decision and was thoroughly engrossed. Great art, classic, modern and contemporary, beautiful curated. Because I had the 15 day SwissPass it was also FREE,...More

Thank screwtheright
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

Was unaware of the depth and breadth of the early modern art collection until I stumbled upon it. Go to the top floor and work your way down and you won’t be disappointed. Well worth the admission.

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2 April 2017|
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Response from jarchcun | Reviewed this property |
Hi there! There is an entrance fee until 4 PM, one hour before closing. There are museum brochures you can keep as well as explanatory sheets in most rooms you may borrow in English. I am sure you will enjoy one the top art... More
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5 February 2017|
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Response from bonneylaketapps | Reviewed this property |
Want to stress it: the museum is not free even if you have Swill Rail Pass. This is one of few museums in Switzerland that are not included in the list of free museums with Swiss Rail Pass
6 November 2016|
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Response from Redfoody2015 | Reviewed this property |
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