The museum in figures
The Natural History Museum Basel is part of the presidential department. Below are its key financial, research and visitor numbers for 2018.
87.1% of our income comes from contributions by the canton of Basel-Stadt. Besides that, we finance the museum's operation through admission fees, sales in the museum shop, revenue from services and through third-party funds from sponsors, benefactors and foundations.
50.9% of our expenses relate to staff costs. 29.5% are needed to cover the cost of renting the museum's premises. Around a fifth of our expenditure is used on running the museum, maintaining the collections, carrying out research and for exhibitions.
Income in detail
Expenses in detail
Visitors and users
|Wildlife Photographer of the Year - special exhibition (2018)||37'535||27.9%|
|Into the Ear - special exhibition||11'001||8.2%|
|Night at the museum||10'009||7.4%|
|Total number of visitors and users||134'368||100%|
|Rest of Switzerland||44||2.8%|
Figures for collections and research
|Number of loans of objects||19'750|
|Number of days on which guest scientists visited||435|
|Number of new collection objects||16'950|
|Scientific publications by the museum's own employees||79|
|Scientific publications by external scientists about parts of the collection||76|