Basel is home to some very impressive museums. Listed below are a few museums that are ideal for children.

Natural History Museum of Basel
This child–friendly museum houses live bugs, microscopes for hands-on discovery, large dinosaur skeletons, a woolly mammoth and a great deal of other opportunities to keep children occupied.

Address: Augustinergasse 2, 4051 Basel
Hours: Closed Monday     Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
Cost of Admission –Museum Pass Accepted or CHF Adults CHF 7 and Youth/Students – CHF 5
1st Sunday of the month – Free Admission

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Spielzeugmuseum Riehen
What makes this museum so engaging is the toy room on the right as you enter. With Legos, chalk boards and other fun things to play with, children can easily spend an hour playing before they explore the museum’s offerings. There are trains, boats, dolls, planes and other exhibits in which children will enjoy taking in. The museum focuses primarily on European toys from the last 200 years.

Address: Baselstrasse 34, 4125 Riehen
Hours: Monday 11:00 – 17:00 Tuesday is closed! Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 – 17:00
Cost of Admission: CHF 7

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel
This museum is every collectors dream come true. With teddy bears, old dolls, trains, doll houses and much more, children can easily get swept away in the fun of it all. My children prefer the few moving exhibits, such as the moving carrousels, but always become disappointed when the movement of the toys times out.

Address: Steinenvorstadt 1, 4051 Basel
Hours: Museum, Shop and Restaurant Open Daily from 10:00 – 18:00
Cost of Admission: Museum Pass Accepted Adults CHF 7 Children up to 16 years old are admitted free with an adult.
*This museum has a café on site.

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Museum Tinguely
This museum hosts a collection of Jean Tinguely’s work. Tinguely was the Swiss sculptor and painter who grew up in Basel. The museum is fabulous for children who like to observe moving objects and hear loud sounds through interactive displays.

From February 19 – May 11 an exhibit entitled, “Play Objects. The Art of Possibilities will be housed at the museum. There will be roughly 100 objects of art that can be modified.

The museum offers a Kinderclub (available in German only) Wednesdays from 14:00 – 17:00 for children aged 8 and over. The cost is CHF 5 and booking is required by calling +41 61 688 92 70.

Address: Paul Sacher – Anlage 2 4002 Basel
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
Cost of Admission: Museum Pass Accepted Adults CHF 15 Youth/Students CHF 10
*This museum has a café on site.

If your children are fascinated by firemen and fire houses, this museum is the perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon.

Address: Spalenvorstadt 11
Hours: Every Sunday afternoon 14:00 – 17:00
Cost of Admission: Admission to the museum is free – you cannot beat that!

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Basel Paper Mill – The Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing
Provides a historical perspective on paper making and printing, but don’t worry, children can enjoy making their own paper with the assistance of the staff.
Address: St. Alban – Tal 37, 4052 Basel
Hours: Tuesday –Friday /Sunday 11:00 – 17:00 Saturday 13:00 – 17:00
Cost of Admission: Adult: CHF 15 School –children aged 6 to 16: CHF 9 Family admission is CHF 30 or 38
*This museum has a café on site.

* If you are not familiar with the Museums–Pass, consider learning more about this incredible deal that offeres families access to over 280 museums in Germany, France and Switzerland.

Swiss Museum of Transport
This museum is incredible and well worth the steep ticket price and time it takes to get to Luzern. With trains, planes, outer space and a grand outdoor, hands–on play area for children, what child wouldn’t be happy? Plan to spend an entire day at the museum, but pack a picnic lunch and enjoy your meal by the lake. Don’t worry, you can get back into the museum once you have enjoyed your meal and the scenery. Travel tip…consider taking the boat to the museum from the train station for an added adventure for the whole family. The museum offers an extensive restaurant and café if you are not inclined to pack your own.

Address: Lidostrasse 5, 6006 Luzern
Hours: Summer 10:00 – 18:00 Winter 10:00 – 17:00
Cost of Admission: Adults CHF 30 without the theater with theater is CHF 40. Children under 6 are free if accompanied by an adult. UBS often runs specials for the museum, as does the SBB.



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