Basel: Culture unlimited

Basel is a European cultural centre: Almost 40 museums, some of world renown, such as the 'Fondation Beyeler' and the 'Kunstmuseum', the Basel Theatre staging plays, operas and ballet, as well as 25 further small theatres, a Musical theater, countless galleries, music stages of all sizes and over 40 cinema screens all contribute to a rich cultural life. The city ranks with the European élite in the fine arts, as is demonstrated by its hosting 'Art Basel', the world's leading contemporary art fair.

Maybe you have some free time before or after the [BC]2 meeting, and are considering to explore Basel and the region? We have collected some ideas to help you planning your trips:


Fondation Beyeler - Paul Gauguin

The Beyeler Foundation opened its doors on October 18, 1997, presenting 140 works of modern classics, including 23 Picassos. The overall collection of 200 works of classic modernism reflect the views of Hildy and Ernst Beyeler on 20th-century art and highlight features typical of the period from Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh to Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Francis Bacon. Special exhibition: Paul Gauguin


Museum Tinguely

The machine sculptures engage in a loud and multi-coloured conversation with the onlooker: Through his works, Jean Tinguely communicates and interacts with the spectator. The machine functions and becomes art. Tinguely’s artworks sparkle with wit, vitality, irony and poetry.


Vitra Design Museum

The Vitra Design Museum numbers among the world’s most prominent museums of design. It is dedicated to the research and presentation of design, past and present, and examines its relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture. In the main museum building by Frank Gehry, the museum annually mounts temporary exhibitions.




Basel City Tours

Take a tour from the famous Tinguely fountain, past the cathedral and Münsterplatz, to City Hall and through the winding streets and alleyways of the well-preserved mediaeval Old Town. Bringing history to life!



Oldtimer Tram Tours

Discover the city from a completely different perspective with a city tour in one of our distinctive vintage trams.






Pharmacy Museum Basel

The Pharmazie-Historische Museum of the University of Basel currently contains one of the largest and most significant collections relating to the history of pharmacy. The museum holds a scientific collection from the 1920s, which has been conserved until today. Highlights include apothecaries’ shops, historic medicaments, laboratory equipment, a complete alchemist’s laboratory, microscopes and a famous collection of pharmacy ceramics (15th to 19th centuries). The house ”Zum vorderen Sessel” is a historic location where famous men such as Erasmus of Rotterdam and Paracelsus were frequent visitors. Historic drugstore “Herbarium” in a Pharmacy of of the old city of Basel.