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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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Interesting history museum

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Brussels, Belgium
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80 reviews 80 reviews
28 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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120 reviews 120 reviews
83 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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105 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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86 reviews 86 reviews
63 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Boston
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117 reviews 117 reviews
44 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Basel History Museum is a great way to spend a couple of hours. It is housed in what was once an old and beautiful church. The museum holds many displays of items that were found in the church or elsewhere and then reunited with the church. The displays of items unearthed in and around Basel are wonderful (coins, jewelry,... More 

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Washington DC
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79 reviews 79 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The museum has beautiful displays, including much of what is left of the original "Totentanz" mural created during the Black Plague. Unfortunately, most of the explanations are given in German only, which limits the appreciation of visitors who do not speak that language.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great museum and a lot, lot better than you would think. The underground chambers are particularly great as are the weapons. Great morning had in this wonderful building, slap bang in the middle of Basel.

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