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Historisches Museum Barfusserplatz

Barfusserplatz, Basel, Switzerland (Altstadt)
061/271-05-05
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Ranked #20 of 80 Attractions in Basel
Type: History Museums
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Washington DC
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74 reviews 74 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Berlin, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

For a town the size of Basel, this was a fantastically laid out museum. I loved the coffee shop just inside. What an incredible array of historical religious relics - and the tapestry collection was mind-boggling! Doesn't take too long to get through the whole thing, and so worth it!

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This museum has an outstanding collection of ecclesiastical art as well as historical objects from the Basel region. We could easily have spent a whole day examining their displays (but didn't get there until late afternoon our last day). I would rate it one of the best museums in Europe for those who are interested in European history from medieval... More

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Atlanta
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120 reviews 120 reviews
54 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This history museum, in a historical church, contains artifacts that revolve around Basel from the Middle Ages till present. When I arrived, I was told the information for the displays was in German and was given a booklet that contained English descriptions for some of the displays, which were numbered. This was helpful. There were many interesting things to see.... More

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mound, minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

As much as I wanted to really enjoy this museum it was difficult as all info is in German language. The front desk does have a book you can carry around with English explanations, but it is in some order that is still a lot of flipping of pages to find.. Helpful staff who can answer some questions in English.... More

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Atalanta, SC
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Wonderful place , full of historical corner , fantastic pictures and sculpture , we was very happy to visit this museum , suggested to all !

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Delaware
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The main building of the Basel Historical Museum since 1894 is housed in a former church known as the Barfüsserkirche, or litertally “barefoot church.” The Museum stands on the site of an original church dedicated in 1256 and later, a Franciscan monetary. Its name is taken from the monastery of the Franciscan Order Barfüsserkirche was before the great Basel earthquake... More

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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

Almost everything is written in German. Very interesting building (former church) and artifacts. Free entrance on first sunday of every month.

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