The Jewish Museum of Switzerland is moving into a new, larger building at the Vesalgasse 5, 4051 Basel. The new location will house the permanent and temporary exhibitions, the workshop and event rooms, the library and the office.
The museum’s supporting organisation, the Association for the Jewish Museum of Switzerland, has signed a long-term lease for the building, which was built in the nineteenth century as a tobacco warehouse.
September 2023: The Building Inspectorate of the Canton of Basel grants the Jewish Museum of Switzerland a building permit for Vesalgasse 5.
June 2023: Our architect, Roger Diener (Diener & Diener Architects), is known for collaborating with artists. For the Jewish Museum of Switzerland, he is planning a new cooperation, this time with the artist Frank Stella. Stella’s work «Jeziory» (1973) will adorn the façade of the museum’s new building at Vesalgasse 5. The work is part of the series «Polish Villages,» inspired by the wooden synagogues of Poland’s Jewish past.
15 May 2023: The collection storage room is designed.
2 May 2023: The security concept is finalized.
18 April 2023: The wooden beams are examined, samples are sent to the lab.
15 December 2022: New building plans are submitted to Basel’s Bauamt (building department).
June 2022: The Jewish Museum begins its collaboration with Diener & Diener Architekten.
Dedicate your friends or family a star flower in the shape of the Jewish Museum’s new logo — at Fr. 5000 (bronze), Fr. 10 000 (silver) or Fr. 20 000 (gold), and your chosen name will appear on a decorative wall of thanks in the new building.
With this gesture, you will become an everlasting part of the museum’s history and of the Jewish history of Switzerland, which was written by the likes of Walter Benjamin, Anne Frank, Hannah Arendt, Albert Einstein and Rosa Luxemburg.
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