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Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum)

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Address: St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel 4010, Switzerland
Phone Number: 41612066262
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Carefully chosen works, beautifully displayed in a new, spacious ,contemporary (and traditional) facility

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Carefully chosen works, beautifully displayed in a new, spacious ,contemporary (and traditional) facility

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a must in Basel. Amazing art collection, we've been very impressed. Modern artists of 20th century are represented very well - Picasso, Dali,Kandinsky, Malevich, Shagal... Great impressionists collection as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An imposing way of viewing Art,the Galleries were huge making the art works stand out more. It was al done in grey slate and marble giving a minimalistic impression. The quality of the exhibits was good and they had a great array of Picasso.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Best museum we have been to out side of Paris. Spent 5 hours walking around and being amazed at their collection. The new building is now open with contemporary art.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went during the week and they weren't very busy. Some nice Impressionist art, a number of Rodin bronzes, several Picasso's and a large collection of early European art. Also went to the new section which included modern sculpture and art, which did not care for so much. Worth a two hour visit or so.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

after a long closure for reconstruction, the Fine Arts Museum of Basel (Kunstmuseum) reopened with a new built extension accross the road, linked to the main building by a tunnel. The new part is an intersting sight from architectural point of view, and it hosts for the moment an exhibition of sculptures. The "old" part of the museum has some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Original picassos, matisse, bracques in the permanent collection and a lot more. Sculptures on the move was a bit too pricey.

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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Fine Arts Museum has been an important attraction for years with its unique collection of paintings and other pieces of art. Now the new building is open. It is a must for those who are interested in architecture as it is almost empty, almost too large for the collection

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum for a great surprise. They have a lot of Picasso's work as well as a large Impressionist collection. It is very large and takes a couple of hours at a minimum to view the entire museum. Outstanding!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

You can tell Basel takes great pride on its Kunstmuseum, a gorgeous building in the middle of town - which is actually three museums linked by a subterranean hall. If you're in Basel, you can't miss it - especially if it's raining as it was in our case. The collection is massive with organised displays according to era over 2... More 

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