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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

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Address: St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4010, Switzerland
Phone Number: 41612066262
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The Kunstmuseum Basel is home to one of the largest and oldest public...

The Kunstmuseum Basel is home to one of the largest and oldest public museum collections in Europe. In its unique history, it has assembled works from the early fifteenth century to the present. The Kunstmuseum Basel houses the Galerie (Gallery) and the Kupferstichkabinett (Department of Prints and Drawings). The main focus is on paintings and drawings by artists active in the Upper Rhine region between 1400 and 1600 and of the 19th and 21st century. The Kunstmuseum Basel possesses the world`s largest collection of works by the Holbein family. Further examples of Renaissance art include major pieces by masters such as Konrad Witz, Martin Schongauer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Matthias Grünewald. Most of these early treasures originally belonged to the collection of a Basel lawyer, Basilius Amerbach. Purchased by the city in 1661, they formed the core of the world`s first public municipal museum. Paintings by Basel-born Arnold Böcklin feature among the 19th-century highlights. In the field of 20th-century art, the accent is on Cubism (Picasso, Braque, Léger), German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism and American art since 1950. Contemporary art is exhibited at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Museum of Contemporary Art).

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CLOSED until April 2016

Kunstmuseum is closed for renovations until April 2016, but a some of their collection is being shown at the Gegenwartskunst nearby. There are still some noteworthy pieces being... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Michelle R
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Kunstmuseum is closed for renovations until April 2016, but a some of their collection is being shown at the Gegenwartskunst nearby. There are still some noteworthy pieces being displayed, but it is not as extensive as usual.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very impressive and famous art museum. Definitely worth going to if you're in Basel for any length of time. My friends highly recommended it and I'm glad they did!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

This has a wonderful collection of pre-WWII works that were forbidden by the Nazis in Germany, so the Swiss picked them up for a good price. Also a good Holbein collection.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Basel has many hidden "treasures" for the traveller, we loved the "historic-ness" of Basel, the Fine Arts Museum is just one of several, and easily accessible by the famous "Tram" - which in my opinion is the best and only ay to see Basel, hop-on-hop-off with a day pass and you can see the various sites and museums. The Fine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

I'm just posting this to catch the eye of anyone planning to go to the Kunstmuseum and who is interested in seeing the Holbeins, Cranachs and other old masters. They're not here! The Kunstmuseum is closed for renovation. Go see them at the Museum of Culture just by the Minster. And do go because they are fantastic. Also if you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Extensive selection and combination of completely different artistic styles/time periods. I have been there several times and everytime enjoyed the permanent collection as well as high quality of temporary exhibits. My personal favorite is their extensive collection of Marc Chagall

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I was very disappointed to find this museum was closed and under reconstruction. Some parts of the collection was distributed to two other museums. Holbein was in the Kultural Museum in Munsterplatz but cost 16 CHF to get in. Holbein and others were in only one room, and the rest of the museum was devoted to anthropological expeditions and some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

If you are a art lover this museum it's really worth a visit, you can find art work from classics and modern artist too,

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Because the primary museum was unavailable, we found the contemporary gallery down by the river. It has a modest exhibit of some masterpieces - luckily it's free because it's such a small display. Combine it with a pleasant walk along the river and watch all the people floating down with their clothes in waterproof pouches.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

well this museum holds seasonal special exhibitions. currently there is a free entrance should you want to visit the Museum für Gegenwartskunst. This is offered until the end of 2015 through the Christoph Merian foundation & Emanuel Hoffmann foundation.

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