The Three Countries Region is packed with museums, on a wide variety of subjects. History museums, art museums, science museums or even toy museums, there’s something for all ages and all tastes. Visit the different tourist office websites.
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It is impossible to list the huge number of museums in the region here. To give you an idea, we’ve chosen a few for you here – but don’t hesitate to find out about the region’s other museums!
The Three Countries Museum
Want to learn more about the region’s history? Visit the Three Countries Region Museum in Lörrach, which has a permanent interactive exhibition in French and German on the past and present history of the Three Countries Region.
Fernet-Branca Foundation in Saint Louis
A former distillery, the building now houses three floors of contemporary works across a range of exhibitions. You can see works by famous artists such as Lee Ufan or Charles Pollock.
The Basel Museum of Fine Arts
The Fine Arts Museum in Basel houses the world's oldest public art collection. It consists of works by artists from the Upper Rhine between 1400 and 1600. You can also find works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries, in particular cubism, expressionism, surrealism and American art from after the Second World War. Moreover, you will not be disappointed by the diversity and quality of their temporary exhibitions.
The Basel Tinguely Museum
Located directly on the Rhine, the Tinguely Museum houses the works of Jean Tinguely, one of the most important Swiss artists of the 20th century. The permanent exhibition offers an overview of his work over four decades. Temporary exhibitions regularly present a wide range of artists and subjects that take Tinguely's ideas as their starting point.
The Museum.BL is a living museum, about various themes for children and adults. Its fun exhibitions will make your stay in Liestal an unforgettable experience. Other than the Roman town of Augusta Raurica, the Museum.BL is the most important and biggest museum in the Baselland canton. In cooperation with the Department of Archaeology of Baselland, the collection contains more than two million objects that illustrate the natural and cultural history of the canton in a variety of ways.
The Vitra Design Museum
The Vitra Design Museum in Weil-am-Rhein is dedicated to the study and presentation of historical and contemporary developments in design, linking them to architecture, art and everyday culture. The museum also regularly welcomes temporary exhibitions. The Vitra Design Museum also has its own collection of design furniture, which you can purchase after your visit.
The cité de l’automobile in Mulhouse
The cité de l’automobile houses the unique collection of the former Schlumpf Museum, making it the most prestigious automobile museum in the world. The story began with the Schlumpf brothers, who were rich investors in the Mulhouse textile industry. One of the two, Fritz, secretly began a car collection. Once he had acquired a number of models, he decided to found a museum for them ... by refurbishing one of his factories!
Come and discover this exceptional museum, in which an impressive collection of old and modern cars will take you into the world of the automobile. For enthusiasts or newcomers, it is a fun museum for all the family!
The Ecomuseum: Discovering Alsatian Traditions!
The Ecomuseum, in northern Mulhouse, is the largest open-air museum in France. It is organised like a village, with a collection of almost 80 traditional buildings and 40,000 everyday objects. The participation of presenters, craftsmen and volunteers offers a fun and dynamic way to discover Alsace and its traditions!