Basel invites you to the big museum evening

40 museums are involved

Basel Museum Night is one of the highlights of the city’s cultural offer, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from near and far every year. Especially from Germany. From 18:00 to 14:00, visitors can expect a program that could hardly be more varied and exciting. Also noteworthy are the many program items aimed at children. Especially from Germany.

Something is really happening there: picture from the last museum evening in Museum Tinguely. Image: ©Daniel Spehr

The program

In the area of ​​tension between war, flight and homeland, the Fondation Beyeler develops a mediation service that invites you to listen and tell about your own migration experiences. KHaus also deals with migration and the search for a better life: Three generations in Switzerland and Turkey tell of biographical turning points and key moments. Community activities that encourage more moral courage are on the program at Kunstmuseum Basel – from protest song karaoke to dance workshops with Armando Braswell or an anti-thinking ban course.

Ancient orgies and Jewish magic show

Views of bygone eras and the realities of life: the Basel Museum of Antiquities and the Ludwig Collection revive Roman binge eating. Archival documents from the Basel-Stadt State Archives reveal amusing and curious aspects of the needs and sensibilities of the city’s population in times past, while the Comic Museum enables journeys into unknown worlds with Cosey’s cartoons and an animated film special by Fantoche. The Swiss Jewish Museum shows how fluid the line between faith and superstition can be. There you can make your own Kabbalah bracelets for protection and beauty. And discover a Jewish magic show.

Participation is also the order of the day at the Museum Night. There are many options, especially for children. Photo: Lukas Zitzer

Speed ​​dating and lip reading

Institutions such as the Vitra Design Museum or the Anatomical Museum of the University of Basel illustrate how much technical progress shapes our everyday life in the form of robotics or reparative and regenerative medicine. HEK (House of Electronic Arts) gives you the chance to make your own trash bots or get involved in speed dating with robotic creatures. Write letters instead of chatting online:

Basler Papiermühle is dedicated to the haptic experience with paper, offering hands-on activities such as making envelopes and designing letters that will be remembered. At the heart of the Museum Tinguely is the work of François-Henri Lavanchy-Clarke, an inventive media pioneer, filmmaker and reformer of the international blind community. You can expand your knowledge with crash courses in oral reading or braille.

Vitra Design Museum & Vitra Schaudepot

The Vitra Design Museum & Vitra Schaudepot in Weil am Rhein will be there on the German side. Here you can meet robots and/or experience the colorful presentation »Colour Rush!« in the Vitra Schaudepot. Discover space toys, robots and cartoon characters in the Chamber of Wonders, and gain insight into Luis Barragán’s work in the Barragán Gallery. In addition, you can expect a wide range of guided tours, workshops and other activities. All information about the Museum Night in the Vitra Design Museum is available at

Fascinating simply because of its architecture: the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, which is present with a large program at the Basel Museum Night. Image: © Vitra Design Museum, Thomas Dix


Museumsnacht Basel is made possible thanks to the generous support of Novartis, Basler Kantonalbank and Helvetia Versicherungen. Your commitment enables free entry for young people under the age of 26. All further information about the spectacular Basel Museum Night is available at Anyone who would like to know more about the Vitra Design Museum and the program there on the occasion of the Museum Night can visit

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