Is this the smallest museum in the world?


This is unique to Basel, said Rudolf my guide as we turned into a narrow alleyway in the city’s Old Quarter.  Uh-oh, said my inner grouch when viewing a steep hill of steps leading  up into the distance but no, we stopped half way up and I turned unexpectedly to look at a small window in a citizen’s house.


The window or perhaps better – display case – is, in fact, the museum – you don’t enter into it – you view it from your step for this is the Hoosesagg Museum – the smallest of Basel’s 40 or so museums.   Each month, the exhibit changes but past exhibitions have included stones, Easter eggs, toy cars – anything that fits into the palm of your hand.

It’s the brainchild of the house’s owner, Dagmar Vergeat, who invites would-be exhibitors to contact her for future exhibitions of small curiosities – around 30 small pieces are preferred.    Growing tired of tourists peering into her windows, she decided to create this tiny museum to really give people something to look at.  Genius idea.

 Contributor:  Sue Lowry

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