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Kunstmuseum (Museum of Fine Arts)

  • St. Alban-Graben 16 Map It
  • Altstadt
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 04/14/2015

Fodor's Review

In a city known for its museums, the Kunstmuseum is Basel's heirloom jewel. It was built in 1936 to house one of the world's oldest public art collections, owned by the city since 1661. The imposing facade gives way to an inner courtyard studded with statues. Inside is the world's largest assemblage of paintings by members of the Holbein family, an exceptional group of works by Konrad Witz, and, in fact, such a thorough gathering of the works of their contemporaries that the development of painting in the Upper Rhine is strikingly documented. Other Swiss artists are well represented: from Basel's own Arnold Böcklin to Klimt-like Ferdinand Hodler. Recent bequests have bolstered the museum's other forte—its modernist collection—to such a great extent that the museum is building a second site across the street, to be finished in 2016 and accessible from the original museum by a tunnel.

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St. Alban-Graben 16, Basel, 4051, Switzerland

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Sight Details:

  • 15 SF
  • Tues.–Sun. 10–6

Published 04/14/2015


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