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“Colorful, Whimsical, yet somehow Dark and Foreboding”

Jean Tinguely Museum
Ranked #14 of 124 things to do in Basel
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I found Zilvinas Kempina's Slow Motion pieces to be the highlight.
Very helpful and personable staff.

Thank Robert S
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

JT was called the 'poet of machines' (a rough translation), and what I found there on a solo trip to Basel last weekend was just that, some very whimsical 'machines' (they whir, they click, they move a bit, they make noise...they're fun) of different sizes. Many you can start in motion, some you can walk on. It's a kids paradise....and it's very doable in an hour or so. If you're walking from downtown, look on your map for the little ferry (there are quite a few along the river).

Thank Kevin C
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

If you are in Basel and you enjoy Art from the 1960's, you may want to visit the Tinguely Museum. This museum is dedicated to its name sake Jean Tinguely who experimented with kinetic sculptures. Especially kids will probably enjoy the whimsical contraptions with which you are invited to interact. Jean Tinguely was not a modern artist with a sense of humor.

The admission is a bit pricy for a museum of this size, but worth the experience. The museum is located on the north banks of the Rhine river, about one kilometer east of the center of town. An easy beautiful walk along the river will get you from the center to the museum.

Thank Eulenspiegel7
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

It was very stimulating and funny. I especially loved the floating tape that took up the whole room. It was mesmerizing!
Parking and finding the place was difficult, even with GPS.

Thank pegabb
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Have always found the fountain in the city centre by Tinguely great fun, so this museum was on our list. We were not disappointed, though you have to wait a1/4 hour between pressing the knobs to put the machines on, so pace yourself and don't put them all on at once. In a little park with a view of the Rhine.

Thank Peter S
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