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Jean Tinguely Museum

Paul Sacher-Anlage 2, Basel 4002 , Switzerland
061 681 93 20
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Ranked #13 of 77 attractions in Basel
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: Take the tram #2 or 15 to Wettsteinpl. and bus #31 or 36 to "Museum Tinguely."  The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am-7pm. Admission is 10... more »
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Fantastic place for children & adults, full of working mechanical models. Lovely walk along the Rhine. Decent cafe with nice views. Staff helpfull.

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Chestertown, New York
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82 reviews 82 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This museum is a little different from other art sculpture museums -- it does have only Tingluely's things and is a little hands on -- sometimes you have to wait to see things move, definitely unique.

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Atalanta, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Gosh can't add much to recent reviews apart from to say gives a great context to the film but more especially is the place of recent history of Basel . Good for family whit child !

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Spokane, WA
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I spent an hour here after meeting with a client. The exhibits are engaging and fascinating. Tinguely was a very unique, brilliant artist and I'm always inspired to see what art people make with their unique combination of skills and interest. His art was largely three-dimensional with found-art components as well as hefty engineering skills. Very original and enjoyable.

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Windham, New Hampshire
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

It could have been so much more, I am an engineer and love this stuff but the place was sterile. Museums have moved on from just looking at stuff in glass cases and this museum needs to get itself together or become irrelevant. They were rebuilding some exhibits, so show us what , why and how. that's what the he... More

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

If you like art in the form of complicated but colourful mechanical contraptions, this is the place.

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Basel, Switzerland
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I never thought I would come to title my review on Tinguely like this... I was somewhat disappointed, knowing only the fountains in Paris, Basle and Fribourg, I was extremely excited to finally go here, but it didn't live up to my expectations. How does one rate art? I am certainly glad I visited, and now know what Tinguely is... More

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

All pieces exposed are great, beautiful, amazing, and should be funny… the museum reduces them to “exposed statutes”, loosing any aspects of fun, and challenges to the conventional perception of “pieces of art”, transforming contestation and “fun” pieces into main-stream exhibition. Adding to the frustration, all pieces are linked to a “push” button that is expected to turn the machines... More

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Basel, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Tinguely Museum is a great day or evening activity for any visitor to Basel. The machines can be activated by a switch or button, etc. Its best to go on a not crowded day as you have a better chance to interact and observe the creations. The tinguely fountain found in central Basel is only a glimpse into the... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

This is well worth a visit - A really accessible museum (except for the price, but Switzerland charges extortionate prices for all of its museums, which is why you only see upper middle class people in them!!) but very well worth the money if you're luck enough to have it, and I's rather spend the little money I took with... More

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