Must-Visit Museums in Basel – Basel has some incredible museums that are a delight for any traveller. Discover the ones you would love to visit:
Fondation Beyeler Museum
This astounding private-turned-public collection, assembled by former art dealers Hildy and Ernst Beyeler, is housed in a long, low, light-filled, open-plan building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano.
Vitra Campus Museum
Showcasing the works of the adjoining, eponymous high-end furniture manufacturer, Vitra Campus comprises the dazzling Vitra Design Museum (of Guggenheim Bilbao architect Frank Gehry fame).
Kunstmuseum Basel Museum
Housing the most comprehensive collection of public art in Switzerland, the superb fine arts museum reopened in mid-2016 after updates to the existing galleries (Hauptbau) and construction of a new modernist wing.
Museum Jean Tinguely
Built by leading Ticino architect Mario Botta, this museum showcases the playful, mischievous and downright wacky artistic concoctions of sculptor-turned-mad-scientist Jean Tinguely.
Spielzeug Welten Museum
Adults and kids alike love this fascinating and lovingly curated fantasy land claiming the world’s biggest collection of teddy bears and a slew of extraordinarily detailed doll houses.
Museum für Geschichte
This flagship of three museums operating under the banner of ‘Historisches Museum Basel’ (Basel Historical Museum), which opened in 1894, is well worth a look.
With almost eight million objects and artefacts relating to zoology, anthropology and archaeology in its holdings, the mission of the Natural History Museum is to maintain an archive of human and animal life.
Schweizerisches Museum für Papier, Schrift und Druck
Set in an old paper mill astride a medieval canal and complete with a functioning waterwheel, the Paper Museum evokes centuries past, when a dozen mills operated nearby.
Museum für Wohnkultur
Housed in the beautiful Haus zum Kirschgarten building (1780), this lovely museum features two floors of the house with rooms laid out immaculately in the style of 18th- and 19th-century.
Source: lonely planet
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