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Museum of Domestic Culture (HMB)

Address: Elisabethenstrasse 27 / 29, Basel, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 61 205 86 00
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Ranked #61 of 68 Attractions in Basel
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The Museum in the MansionBuilt in the late 18th century and repurposed as a museum in 1951, the Haus zum Kirschgarten cannot fail to impress if only on account of its size and the quality of its early Classicist architecture. The mansion of the silk-ribbon manufacturer, Johann Rudolf Burckhardt, houses several world-class collections: the watch and clock collections of Nathan-Rupp and Dr. Eugen Gschwind, a collection of scientific instruments, Basel silverware and toys. But the Museum of Domestic Life is more than that: half the available space is taken up by period rooms from the 18th and 19th centuries that give visitors a glimpse of how the upper echelons of Basel society once lived. The Haus zum Kirschgarten is thus a kind of time capsule promising to make your visit there an unforgettable experience. And what better way to turn these impressions into a perfect day out than with a picnic in the museum’s delightful little garden?

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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This is a wonderful museum, but it currently has two major problems. Firstly the street outside is being massively dug up and certain parts of the museum are consequently shut. Secondly there is an awful modern exhibition on inside and most of the great interiors are obscured by weird ikea furniture and heaps of packing cases. Hopefully after November 2014,... More

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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

this museum is a wonderful merchants mansion in central Basel, which is full of sumptuous interiors and an astounding collection of China and jeweled watches and clocks . Unfortunately it has been reinvented by deranged curators as the museum of the home and since May, every interior has been filled with random cardboard boxes, modern sofas, racks of old shoes... More

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Holland, MI
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26 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

My wife and daughter and I visited this place on the public holiday of The Ascension. The special exhibit of clothing, which was quite beautiful, came with its own booklet, which I mostly ignored in favor of the laminated guide in English on every floor. With a ten-year-old, the top floor of toys, games, and doll houses was a nice... More

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denver, colorado
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Just walking through the city, we came upon the museum. It was fabulous... an incredible special exhibit as well as the clocks, toys, porcelain, furniture, etc. This provided a fun few hours. Adults 10 fr.

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Afula, Israel
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33 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Seeing the interior of this eighteenth century mansion is a delight. There's a world class clock and watch exhibit; extraordinary silver and porcelain collections. There are unique tiled ovens, and many more items reflecting wealthy material culture. Two problems: better and more articulate signs and explanations -- especially in English. (Presently, be sure to read the laminated information sheets located... More

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Skillman, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

The receptionist was lovely , apologizing for lack of English brochures and explanations. Another staff member upstairs insisted on telling me the details to watch for throughout the house and explained that as in most swiss museums, i could leave and revisit the same day , if i kept my ticket. Fantastical collections of porcelain and clocks& wrought iron decorative... More

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the highlands
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110 reviews 110 reviews
59 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

dosnt look that impressive from the outside but once your inside the house ( theres a fee but very much worth it) there are many rooms and floors to discover, it was better than most stately homes ive visited. dont forget the cellar too as its not marked in english. expect to be in there for atleast 2 hours, probably... More

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Luzern, Switzerland
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71 reviews 71 reviews
35 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

This is a great alternative to art museums which are everywhere in Europe. Fabulous collections of watches, clocks, porcelain, furniture, and dollhouses. Excellent value for the $10 chf entry. Entrance to the museum is free during the last hour of operation to see the permanent collections. They had a non-permanent collection of Pakistani, Syrian, Iraqi traditional dress, which was lovely... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Great History of Time + porcelain collections, in addtion to the 17th & 18th century period rooms. Free with a Swiss pass or a Swiss Rail pass.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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50 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

This museum I expected to be a small period home, I was very wrong! There were a number of rooms set up to look the way a Baseler would have had them hundreds of years ago, but there were also many collections from everything from paintings to clocks to tin soldiers! It surpassed any expectations and I would recommend it... More

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