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.

Income

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.

Expenditure

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

Admissions 535'633.– 5.66%
Museum shop 155'601.– 1.64%
Other revenue 218'373.– 2.31%
Third-party funding 312'834.– 3.30%
Public contributions 8'245'950.– 87.09%
     
Total 9'468'391. 100%

Expenses in detail

Material costs 1'857'453.– 19.6%
Property rental 2'792'688.– 29.5%
Staffing costs 4'818'250.– 50.9%
     
Total 9'468'391. 100%

Visitors and users

Permanent exhibitions 69'386 51.6%
Wildlife Photographer of the Year - special exhibition (2018) 37'535 27.9%
Into the Ear - special exhibition 11'001 8.2%
Events 6'437 4.8%
Night at the museum 10'009 7.4%
     
Total number of visitors and users 134'368 100%

School groups

Canton Basel-Stadt 1'133 71.4%
Canton Basel-Land 369 23.3%
Rest of Switzerland 44 2.8%
Abroad 41 2.6%
     
Total 1'587 100%

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