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Address: Elisabethenstrasse 27 / 29, Basel, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 61 205 86 00
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The Museum in the MansionBuilt in the late 18th century and repurposed as a...

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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Marvelous Patrician House

See how Basel's elite lived over the centuries. Don't miss the the children's toys on the upper level.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Basel, Switzerland
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Basel, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

See how Basel's elite lived over the centuries. Don't miss the the children's toys on the upper level.

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Basel, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This museum gives a great insight into the opulence of one of the worlds richest cities. At the time of our visit the temporary exhibition was from "The mUseum of Broken Relationships' - not particularly interesting for young children. Having said that, if you are limited for time, the top floor is a small snapshot of the local toy museum... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The garden was quiant and pretty, the staff we were warm and inviting. I was fortunate enough to visit whilst the Musuem of Broken relationships exhibition was running. Be ready to; laugh, cry ad sigh - a beautful array of memories, both quirky and nostalgic. I was also in awe of the myriad of collector clocks and trinkets in the... More 

1 Thank Kristy S
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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