The Kunstmuseum Basel’s collections comprise ca. 4,000 paintings, sculptures, videos, and works of installation art, as well as the ca. 300,000 drawings and prints from seven centuries held by the Kupferstichkabinett. Obviously, we cannot present more than a small fraction of these treasures at our three venues.

A considerably larger selection is available through our Sammlung Online (Collection Online), which provides quick and easy access to the works, grouped by periods and artists, as well as carefully researched background information.

The database currently covers almost our entire holdings of paintings, sculptures, videos, and installation art and a sizable and steadily growing contingent of ca. 5,000 drawings, watercolors, and prints. An indispensable tool for art historians, the Sammlung online is also an invitation to art lovers everywhere to embark on a virtual journey through art history.

-> Go to the collection online


The Kunstmuseum Basel’s Collection Online website provides over 4,100 photographs of our works for download; all images are in the public domain. Click a thumbnail to see a description of the work. The download symbol at the bottom of the screen takes you to the terms of use; you are then given the option of selecting a desired file size and asked to specify the purpose for which you are downloading the image. If a message appears that a reproduction you are interested in is not available for download, please do not hesitate to contact our Rights and Reproductions department.


The new audio guide for the collection is now available! To use it, please bring your own smartphone and headphones. The audio guide is available in German, English, and French. We would like to thank Friends of Kunstmuseum Basel for their support.