10.11.2023 – 12.5.2024
Prolonged to Sunday, June 30, 2024

Adults: CHF 17.–
Teenagers (under 20 years): CHF 7.–
Students / Trainees (under 30 years): CHF 7.–
Disabled visitors with ID CHF: 7.–
Children (under 13 years): Admission free

Free admission with the MUSEUMS-PASS-MUSEE and the Swiss Museum Pass.

Exhibition is extended

The special exhibition "SEXY - The Driving Force of Life" is prolonged to Sunday, June 30, 2024. 


Kindly supported by:

Bürgergemeinde der Stadt Basel
Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft
Ernst Göhner Stiftung
Sulger Stiftung
Ulrich und Klara Huber-Reber-Stiftung


Braswell Arts Center
Zoo Basel

SEXY – Driving Force of Life Special exhibition

The animal kingdom is vibrant and diverse. Animals have all kinds of weapons to help them win the object of their desire, along with a wealth of different behaviour patterns, pairings and family models. But why? Because of the sexes. The different interests of the sexes are what drives evolution.

In our special exhibition, we show you the role sex plays in reproduction. You will discover that some animals have two sexes, while some have none and others have several. There are animals that can change their sex and animals that can have two sexes at the same time. But they all have one thing in common: they want to reproduce.

With astonishing stories, impressive specimens, and interactive elements, we show the lengths animals will go to to breed. They turn on the charm with their best displays and most splendid plumage. In the survival of the fittest, animals fearlessly fight off the competition with the ultimate aim of becoming attentive parents who watch over their young. But there isn’t a clear pattern to their roles: The animal kingdom is ahead of its time and has always had different family models.

This exhibition is exciting for kids and adults. While adults can marvel at the many different types of pairing and the desires and frustrations of animals’ mating rituals, kids can find out how it feels to grow up protected by a womb, pouch or egg. We use a variety of young animal specimens to show how they started life and who smoothed their pathway to adulthood.

This exhibition is based on objects and the basic idea of the special exhibition “Sexperten” by Liechtenstein National Museum and Liechtenstein Office for the Environment.

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