Basel Historical Museum – Museum of Music

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Basel Historical Museum - Museum of Music

Basel Historical Museum - Museum of Music
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
With over 3,300 objects to its name, Basel Historical Museum is in possession of Switzerland’s largest collection of musical instruments. Spread over three floors, the Musikmuseum boasts some 650 European instruments spanning five centuries of music history from the oldest drum dating from 1571 and a highly ornate viola da gamba by Joachim Tielke (ca. 1704) to the Weber Unika Orchestrion of 1925. The twenty-four cells of the former prison serve as showcases in which visitors can admire the instruments while calling up countless samples and additional information on an interactive screen. While touring the museum you will therefore hear all sorts of music, from the familiar to the bizarre.
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1-2 hours
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Nathalie D
4 contributions
Not free the 1st sundayofapril
Apr 2021 • Couples
Suppose to be free 1st sunday of each month
We arrive the furst sunday of april and was told because its easter it is not free ....
First she told us its 5 chf then when we want to pay she says oh no its 10 ... well no thanks good bye
Written April 4, 2021
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Thank you for your valued feedback. We have never had such a case and regret your bad experience. This is a valued local service that our customers have been happy to rely on for many years. Please kindly note that our free entry offer does not include personal guided tours. All prices are listed on site and on our website: www.hmb.ch/en/museums/musikmuseum. We will do our best to ensure that any future visit is a thoroughly positive experience. Yours sincerely, your HMB team
Written June 15, 2021
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BobStamford
Stamford, UK786 contributions
Excellent - found by accident
Dec 2019
We found this by accident - it is absolutely outstanding, huge range of musical instruments all with accompanying podiums allowing you to hear the music as well as teaching you about the instruments
Written December 10, 2019
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Many thanks for your positive feedback. We are happy you have enjoyed your visit at our museum and hope to welcome you again in the future.
Written December 11, 2019
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Ron M
Menasha, WI276 contributions
Very Nice Museum
Sep 2019
We had a day to kill and stopped in to this museum. It is in a historic building with thousands of old, historic, unique and interesting artifacts. Very well done and good value for the money.
Written September 3, 2019
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Thank you for your valued feedback. We are always interested in constructive feedbacks and are happy you have enjoyed your visit at our museum!
Written September 5, 2019
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June J
Foster City, CA11 contributions
If you are a musician visiting Basel, stop in at Musikmuseum
Jun 2018
June 2017 - Basel has many museums, but one dedicated to music, displaying approximately 650 instruments was a real draw for us. Many unique horns and stringed instruments along with everything else. Three floors - I don't know if there was an elevator, so if that is required, please investigate prior to visiting.
Written February 9, 2019
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Thank you for your detailed feedback, which we highly appreciate. Yes, there is an elevator for our guests. We are happy you have enjoyed your visit at our museum and it would be a pleasure to welcome you again another time.
Written February 12, 2019
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Richard M
Palo Alto, CA137 contributions
Fascinating collection of old instruments
Jan 2019 • Solo
I went here with my son who is a musician. The museum has a wonderful collection of all kinds of old musical instruments, some of which are also beautiful and some of which are just bizarre. In some rooms one can play an audio to hear what some of the instruments sound like. Not a must see but for someone interested in music or who just likes things out of the ordinary, this place is worth an hour of your time.
Written January 11, 2019
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Thank you very much for your helpful feedback. We are happy you have enjoyed your visit at our museum and would be happy to welcome you again in the future.
Written January 15, 2019
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1sonnybo
Owens Cross Roads, AL304 contributions
The one museum to see in Basel
Sep 2018 • Couples
If you have only have time to visit one museum in Basel this the one to see. We went to what they called happy hour. It is the last hour that the museum is open, 4-5. I museum is well laid out with many interesting artifacts. Sine we only had a hour we had to rush through, we could have spent two or more hours reading the history of the items.
Written September 26, 2018
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cathhhhhh
Sydney, Australia737 contributions
Stunning!
Jul 2018 • Friends
We only had an hour here but could have spent many more ( i am biased as i am a music teacher). Absolutely loved the many strange instruments set out over the 4 floors. Many hybrid sax cross trumpets and other strange things along with a good collection of historic instruments.Cost about 7 euro..well worth it!
Written August 8, 2018
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Thank you very much for your valued feedback. We are happy you have enjoyed your visit at our museum and would be happy to welcome you again another time!
Written August 20, 2018
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guptaratika
New Delhi, India682 contributions
Amusing
Jun 2018 • Family
This is a prison turned into a music museum. The entire idea is rather appealing and intriguing.how wonderfully prison cells have been converted into interactive music cells, each cell showcasing different instruments.
Written June 13, 2018
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Many thanks for your positive feedback regarding the concept! We are happy you have enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you again in the future.
Written June 14, 2018
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Randaia
Wellington, New Zealand26 contributions
Well displayed
May 2018 • Friends
Musical instruments arranged in groups in cells (was a prison). The interactive displays in each cell not easy to use at first. Nice to be able to hear the sound of different instruments.
Written May 20, 2018
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Many thanks for your valued feedback. We are currently checking our devices and will do our best for your future visit to be an even better experience.
Written May 22, 2018
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machineryofnight88
Fitzroy, Australia17 contributions
A 'V7-I' Experience
Jul 2017 • Solo
I wrote the same quirky review in their visitor's book! But seriously, although an intimate space (& mind your head if you're tall!), the Museum of Music has a wonderful collection of period keyboards in excellent condition which can be closely inspected without velvet ropes and beeping alarms being triggered when you lean in!
Their woodwind, brass & percussion instruments are secured behind glass and are thus difficult to photograph, and the lighting is a little dim in some display cases.
Children will love interacting with the various organ pipe & keyboard hammer & string-plucking mechanisms.
Written August 3, 2017
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