The Best Museums in Basel, Switzerland

Learn the historic art of printing and paper-making at the Basel Paper Mill
Learn the historic art of printing and paper-making at the Basel Paper Mill | © cocoparisienne/ Pixabay
Sean Mowbray

The city of Basel, in the northwest of Switzerland, is home to over 40 museums. Here, we’ve brought together the best and most unique among them, so you can get the best out of your trip to this historic city along the Rhine.

Basel Paper Mill Museum

Try your hand at making paper at the Basel Paper Mill, otherwise known as the Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing. The museum is housed in a historic paper mill that first began making paper over 500 years ago. You’ll be taken on a tour of the machinery and see techniques used to dip and print paper and learn the art of bookbinding. This highly interactive museum boasts some collections that are nearly one thousand years old.

St. Alban-Tal 37, Basel, +41 61 225 90 90

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Basel Toy Museum)

Take a step back into your childhood at Basel’s Toy Museum. With over 6,000 teddy bears, dolls, toy trains and miniature figurines, the museum’s impressive collection boasts the largest number of teddy bears anywhere in the world. A tour through the museum’s four floors will spark memories of long forgotten toys and likely delight younger members of your family. Don’t forget to pass through the museum shop which is a must-visit for any toy collector.

Steinenvorstadt 1, Basel, +41 61 225 95 95
Judihui! Heute feiert die Schweiz ihren 726. Geburtstag. Die Bären wünschen den Eidgenossen alles Gute und singen «Happy Birthday». Trotz Feiertag ist das Museum heute von 10 bis 18 Uhr geöffnet. Wir freuen uns auf euren Besuch. Hurray! Switzerland turns 726 today! The bears want to congratulate all Swiss citizens and are singing “Happy Birthday”. Despite the fact that it’s a holiday, the museum will be open today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We look forward to seeing you! Hourra! La Suisse fête aujourd’hui son 726e anniversaire. Les ours envoient leurs vœux aux citoyens helvétiques et chantent «Joyeux anniversaire». En cette journée fériée, le musée sera tout de même ouvert de 10 h à 18 h. Nous sommes impatients de vous accueillir. #swmb #museum #musée #basel #basle #bâle #1august #swissbirthday #anniversairesuisse
A post shared by Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (@swmb.museum) on Jul 31, 2017 at 11:09pm PDT
Pharmazie-Historisches Museum (Museum of Pharmacy)

If you’re interested in medicine or are just looking to kill a little time during your trip to Basel, there’s no better way to do so (while learning a whole lot) at the Museum of Pharmacy, tucked away in the city’s historic centre. The museum hosts one of the world’s largest collections of pharmaceutical products, some of which may surprise you. There’s even a herbarium where you can browse through old cosmetic products lined up just like in the olden days.

Totengässlein 3, Basel, +41 61 207 48 11

Cartoonmuseum

You’re bound to laugh at the Cartoonmuseum Basel, the only museum of its kind in Switzerland that is devoted to the art form of satirical cartooning. No subject is safe from the wit of the cartoonists here, and you’ll see political and social subjects, and many more, depicted in a way which you are not likely to forget in the museum’s collection of over 6,000 pieces.

St. Alban–Vorstadt 28, Basel, +41 (0)61 226 33 60

Naturhistoriches Museum

Delve into the “Archive of Life” at the Basel Natural History Museum which holds over 7.7 million items covering zoology, entomology, paleontology and more. The museum is excellent for a day’s stroll through the living history of the Earth, from the very beginnings, all the way up to the present day.

Augustinergasse 2, Basel 4051, Switzerland
Still here #naturhistorischesmuseumbasel #justinbieber
A post shared by Naturhistorisches Museum Basel (@naturhistorisches_museum_basel) on Jun 13, 2017 at 8:02am PDT
Museum der Kulturen Basel (Museum of Cultures)

During the 19th century, citizens of Basel with some extra cash toured the world and brought back artifacts, many of which were donated to the Museum der Kulturen Basel. Today, the museum is one of the most important ethnological collections in Europe, with an impressive 300,000 pieces that span the globe. Among its interesting collection are also some 50,000 historic photographs, captured moments of history that are waiting to be discovered. The museum often has exhibitions featuring pieces related to the life and times of Basel, such as the one on Basel’s famous carnival, Basler Fasnacht.

Muensterplatz 20, Basel, +41 61 266 56 00

Culture Trips launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes places and communities so special.

Our immersive trips, led by Local Insiders, are once-in-a-lifetime experiences and an invitation to travel the world with like-minded explorers. Our Travel Experts are on hand to help you make perfect memories. All our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

All our travel guides are curated by the Culture Trip team working in tandem with local experts. From unique experiences to essential tips on how to make the most of your future travels, we’ve got you covered.

Culture Trip Summer Sale

Save up to $1,665 on our unique small-group trips! Limited spots.

toast-message-image
close-ad
Edit article