The trip through the ear which can be undertaken at the Natural History Museum Basel will be extended until Sunday, the 30th of June. This prolongation is a result of the exhibition’s huge success. To this day it has been visited by 45‘000 people and more than 650 school classes have found their way into the museum by the end of March.
15. Apr 2019
Museum extends the eventful tour ‚Into the Ear‘
25. Mar 2019
Museum is gaining global importance
The collections of the Natural History Museum Basel hold significantly more insects, minerals, vertebrates, fossils and amphibians than previously assumed. The latest estimate of 11.8 million far exceeds the previous assumption of around 8 million. The new figure primarily results from intensive and systematic collection work carried out over the last few years. Thanks to this work it is now possible to obtain more accurate estimates of the number of collection items than in the past. The revised size of the collections now places the Natural History Museum Basel among the 50 largest of the world’s 7,000 natural history collections.
16. Nov 2018
Exhibition as an Eventful Tour
The Natural History Museum Basel opens a family exhibition on the theme of the Ear
Playfully learning and trying out, being emotionally touched and sensing your own body: Along these guidelines, the concept of the special exhibition INTO THE EAR was developed. For the first time, the museum has set itself the task of creating a family exhibition which captivates visitors with its extraordinary models and numerous interactive stations all in a sensual atmosphere. A rich and varied programme accompanying the exhibition invites visitors to immerse themselves in the topic, the Ear. In keeping with the target audience, the exhibition will open with a short play at 11 am on Sunday, 18 November.
26. Sep 2018
Prehistoric man with a delicate touch
Scientists from Basel shed new light on Neanderthal man
In a study published in the ‘Sciences Advances’ journal, scientists of the Natural History Museum in Basel and the Senckenberg Museums disprove the assumption that Neanderthals predominantly relied on their strength when using their hands. Headed by Senckenberg scientist Katerina Harvati, the researchers concluded that Neanderthal man performed his day-to-day work with precise hand and finger movements. The study is based on skeletons from Basel’s Spitalfriedhof cemetery (1845-1868), which have been archived and identified at the Natural History Museum in Basel and the associated historical files, which are stored in the State Archive of Basel-Stadt.
28. Aug 2018
Evidence of parasites in fossil fly pupae
International group of researchers, including scientist from Basel, reveals new parasitism findings.
An international group of researchers, which also includes Walter Etter of Natural History Museum Basel, has gained important insights into the evolution of parasitism: Wasps, who eke out an existence as parasites, already existed millions of years ago. Using ultrafast X-ray imaging technology, the researchers obtained the first-ever evidence of fossil parasitic wasps in million-year-old fly pupae. Four of the extinct wasp species were newly discovered and described for the first time. The research was based on over 1,500 fossil fly pupae which predominantly came from collections held by Natural History Museum Basel. A report on the extensive research project has been published in the current issue of the respected Nature Communications magazine.
17. May 2018
Award Winning Amateur Photography
The Naturfotowettbewerb SCHNAPPSCHUSS of the Natural History Museum Basel was a great success: 1'169 photographs were submitted. From three categories, an independent jury awarded prizes to the ten best pictures. They were presented to the public at an awards ceremony and the podium places were announced.
In the category 'Children see Nature' Fabrice Eichhorn from Basel wins, followed by Jan Rüter from Nussbaumen and Greta List from Basel. A total of 82 photos were submitted in this category. The category 'Animal Portraits/Animals in their Habitat/Behaviour Animals' counted the most entries, the jury had to choose from 665 pictures. Gold goes to Pascal Neff, Basel, silver goes to Robert Sommer, Hamburg and bronze to Jean-Claude Graf from Gelterkinden. In the category 'Plants/Landscapes and other natural phenomena' we received 422 pictures. The winner was Robert Huber from Thun, second place went to Roland Beck from Reinach and third place to Urs Hunziker from Oberdorf.
25. Jan 2018
Barfuesser Mummy positively identified
She was born in Strasbourg in 1719, was a citizen of Basel, a pastor's wife and mother, died as a result of syphilis and was buried in Basel's Barfüsserkirche, where here body became mummified. She is regarded as the best-preserved and at the same time most perplexing vault mummy in Switzerland. That's because, until recently, nobody knew who this mummy was. Now, an international group of researchers, led by the Natural History Museum of Basel, has successfully restored this nameless mummy's historical identity. Researchers discovered that Anna Catharina Bischoff, who died in 1787, was related to the book printer Johannes Froben and has a famous descendent, the British foreign minister Boris Johnson.
30. Nov 2017
The Best Wildlife Photography in the World
The highly popular 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' touring exhibition honours the Natural History Museum Basel – exclusively in Switzerland – with a visit from 1 December 2017 to 3 June 2018. And a Swiss is one of the finalists: Michel Roggo from Fribourg received an award in the category 'Plants and Fungi'.