The Kunstmuseum is one of Switzerland's nationally protected heritage sites as it is home to the largest and most important public art collection in the country. Kunstmuseum translates to ‘art museum’ and this particular structure in Basel has an enormous collection of artists to get you thinking. On display here you will find the work of celebrated artists including Hans Holbein the Younger and the Elder, Konrad Wiltz, Hans Baldung, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh and Edvard Munch.
The Kunstmuseum Basel as an organization has a remarkable history, as it was the very first municipally owned museum, making it one of the most internationally important art galleries of its kind. This house of art has many interesting temporary exhibitions to keep you coming back time and time again. Head online to see what you will get to experience when visiting and even check out a list of their collections to see if your favorite artists have work on display.
Opening times and visitor information
The art gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 6pm. It is closed on some public holidays including Carnival, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. Entry to view the permanent collection generally costs 15 Swiss Francs for an adult and less for children, teenagers, students and artists. It can cost more to view temporary exhibitions being hosted.
English audio guides detailing information about 144 of the museum’s masterpieces and some of the best known artists exhibited can be hired for 2 Swiss Francs.
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel is less than eight minutes walking from this art gallery in the city and less than two minutes from the Zoo and 10 minutes to the cathedral, making it the perfect base for you to explore the cultural attractions this charming Swiss city has to offer.