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HMB - Museum of History

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Address: Barfusserplatz 4, Basel 4051, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 61 205 86 00
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Description: The Museum in the Church The Barfusser Church owes its name to the...
The Museum in the Church The Barfusser Church owes its name to the barefooted Franciscans, the mendicant order that built it as a convent church in the 14th century. As the HMB flagship, the Barfusser Church has housed one of the oldest collections on the Upper Rhine since 1894. Among its treasures are attractions of world-class calibre such as the Basel Cathedral Treasury, the Basel Dance of Death and some very fine medieval tapestries. Representing the Early Modern Age is a Great Cabinet of Curiosities showcasing Basel's long tradition as a city of private collectors ranging from Erasmus of Rotterdam, the Amerbach and Faesch families to the famous historian Jacob Burckhardt. Visitors are invited to embark on a journey through the ages and to discover the history of Basel from Celtic times to the 21st century. The museum shop stocks an attractive range of cards and gifts, while the Cafe BARfusserkirche has free WLAN and a quiet corner making it the perfect place to linger and savour the unique atmosphere of the church.Both shop and cafe can be accessed free of charge.
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This museum is close to our hotel, the first place we visited as we walked along the Main Street then make a left from the station before you reach the church facade. A very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Basel, Switzerland
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Im keen to learn some of the history of Basel , but this is not the place to do it. Some beautiful objects on display, but almost zero information in English. This city has a 30%+ population of non German speakers... one would think more attention would be paid to this part of the local population plus visitors to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This museum is close to our hotel, the first place we visited as we walked along the Main Street then make a left from the station before you reach the church facade. A very interesting place to see.

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Ruardean, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

This museum is a must see if you want to understand the history of Basel. It has everything that you'd need in it from Roman coins and pottery to Medieval suits of armour. Currently its got a football quiz through the ground floor area which is a bit of fun and teaches some football knowledge that one might have never... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The cabinet of curiosity in the downstairs level was great-- loved it! The museum is not large, but has a simple and interesting collection with period rooms, sculptures and some great temporary exhibits. If you are not a big museum person, but still want to soak in a bit of the local history- this museum is perfect. Also! Nice little... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Set in the old Franciscan church this is the local history museum. At present the temporary exhibition is about football and the devotion it inspires. The exhibition is well set up, as you go around you are given an electronic pod which allows you to hear additional material and answer questions. Despite not being the biggest football fan, this was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

museum is located in the city centre but is quite easy to miss as its not well signed. It contains a confusing collection of historical aretefacts that would benefit from a more structured layout and a bit more on the history of this fine city. There was also a special exhibition on soccer that took up most of the ground... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

As an alternative to the always fabulous Naturhistorisches Museum and Tinguely Museum, I decided to take my 3 kids (8F, 7F, 4M) to the Museum of History. We did not get very far. After about 3 minutes we were approached by a grumpy, and obviously childless lady. She wrongly accused my 8 year old of touching things and told me... More 

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Daniele T, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at HMB - Museum of History, responded to this review

Dear Ambade, thank you very much for your feedback. Please be insured that we have already taken corrective actions. The wellbeing of our visitors is something we take very seriously here at the Basel Historical Museum. We therefore sincerely apologize for the happening and try our very best that something like this won't happen again in the near future. Best,... More 

Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Although clearly signposted it is easy to miss this interesting museum in an old church building in the centre of the city (in Barfüsserplatz). There is much else to see and people often ignore this place. There is a static exhibition as well as frequently changing "specials". at the moment it is a history of how World War 1 had... More 

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Bali, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

Just 1 day in Basel, and I don't want to miss this historical museum... every step we will see a fantastic architecture and a lot of stuff of Churches. .. But the deacription mostly not in english.. Fantastic ornament cover all starting from the gate til the top of this museum..

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We went in here, as I wanted to see the Dance of Death fragments rescued from the convent cloister distruction in 1805. As usual there's a not inconsiderable entrance fee and in the large hall there didn't seem a lot to look at (especially with limited English guides and notices and my German not being terribly good); however, the small... More 

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