Museum für Wohnkultur - HMB

HMB-Museum für Wohnkultur

The Haus zum Kirschgarten was built as both private residence and business premises for the silk ribbon manufacturer Johann Rudolf Burckhardt between 1775 and 1780. Since it first opened as a museum in 1951, it has traditionally been a museum of domestic life: half of its fifty rooms are devoted to showing how people in 18th- and 19th-century Basel lived. The various period rooms are furnished with interiors taken from comparable townhouses, including five from the Segerhof, a merchant’s residence that was torn down in 1934. The kitchen, salons, dining rooms, bedrooms and ancillary rooms give visitors a vivid impression of how Basel’s well-to-do burghers once lived.

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