New House

Le chaim!

The Jewish Muse­um Will Move to Vesal­gas­se 5.

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.

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The new house, exterior view
Photo © Ana Laura Rivarola

Rundgang mit den Szenografen, April 2024


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.

Fundraising campaign

Become a sponsor!

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.

Send us an email with the sub­ject «Star Flower» to:
or cont­act us by phone:
+41 61 261 95 14.


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