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 2020.
87,25% 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.
53,5% of our expenses relate to staff costs. 27.8% 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
|Temporary Exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year||26'337||29,1%|
|Temporary EARTH AT ITS LIMITS||3'804||4,2%|
|Night at the museum||8'704||9,6%|
|Third party events||1'694||1,9%|
|Total number of visitors and users||90'530||100%|
|Rest of Switzerland||74||7,1%|
Figures for collections and research
|Number of loans of objects||5'660|
|Number of days on which guest scientists visited||282|
|Number of new collection objects||17'051|
|Scientific publications by the museum's own employees||53|
|Scientific publications by external scientists about parts of the collection||72|
COVID 19 protective measures
In order to contain the spread of the new type of coronavirus, event restrictions and bans as well as the temporary closure of cultural institutions were repeatedly imposed in the year under review. In total, the museum had to remain closed on 59 additional days, 192 events were canceled or postponed and there were 64 cancellations of room rentals.