© Museum der Kulturen Basel
© Museum der Kulturen Basel
© Museum der Kulturen Basel
© Museum der Kulturen Basel
© Museum der Kulturen Basel
© Museum der Kulturen Basel
© Museum der Kulturen Basel
© Museum der Kulturen Basel

Man / society

Basler Fasnacht

Museum der Kulturen Basel, Basel

The exhibition "Basler Fasnacht" shows a cross-section of the Basler Fasnacht in atmospheric historical rooms.

In historic rooms, the museum presents a colourful cross-section of the world-famous Basel carnival - from costumes, lanterns, larvae and musical instruments to historical documents and a recreated "Fasnachtsbeiz". A multimedia station also provides lively insights into the carnival goings-on.

The Basel Fasnacht is a major event as steeped in tradition as it is in history. Year after year, it attracts tens of thousands of Basel residents and guests from all over the world.

The permanent exhibition "Basler Fasnacht" immediately takes visitors into an apartment where the unmistakable carnival atmosphere prevails. Accompanied melodically by the sounds of piccolos and drums, visitors wander through the corridor and the various rooms. These are richly filled with mostly historical paraphernalia that give the Basel Fasnacht its distinctive face.

Shining resistance
Lanterns are the showpieces of every clique and at the same time shining "pièces de résistance". Room-high lantern screens in the corridor provide an impressive testimony to this resistance and the sometimes scathing criticism of politics and society. They also show that the Basel Fasnacht is not only a gigantic festival of sounds and tones, but also one of colours and fantasies.

Larval art
Large sections of the population are actively involved in the "three most beautiful days" of the year - as they say in Basel - as are many artists. This is clearly visible in the lanterns and of course in the larvae, as masks are called in Basel.

Three rooms are dedicated to the high art of larvae. In one of them there is a larva studio. A second presents original models. And in a third, the finished works of art that were worn can be seen.

Cultural heritage
The reconstructed "Fasnachtsbeiz" (carnival pub) shows how the Basel carnival still goes on today. A so-called Schnitzelbank also performs there. Singing and using verse, he makes fun of the events of the past year.

UNESCO judged that the Schnitzelbänke promote tolerance and cohesion in society through their social criticism. The Basler Fasnacht is comparable to a huge satirical magazine. That is why UNESCO included the Basel Carnival in 2017 in the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

A cooperation between the Museum der Kulturen Basel and the Basler Fasnachts-Welt association

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every Thurs to Sat   13:00 - 17:00 h
every Sun   11:00 - 17:00 h

The museum will be closed on December 24, 2021 and December 31, 2021.


Entrance fees for the whole house with all exhibitions
Adults from 20 years: CHF 16.00
Adolescents 13-19 years: CHF 5.00
Children up to 12 years: free admission
Students/trainees up to 29 years: CHF 5.00
Groups of 10 or more, per person: CHF 11.00


Museum der Kulturen Basel
Augustinergasse 8
4051 Basel


Museum der Kulturen Basel
+41 61 26656 00


  • Man / society

Type of Exposition

  • Permanent exhibition


  • Children (6 to 12 years) free
  • Reduction for learners
  • Reduction for students with ID
  • Reduction for groups
  • Swiss Museum Pass: free admission