With a heritage dating back over 300 years and as Basel’s first large museum, the Natural History Museum Basel impresses with its unique mix of old exhibitions, contemporary displays with a personal touch and numerous icons like the extinct cave bear. A visit to this treasure of natural history objects is a unique journey through the history of humankind and our planet. This year, visitors can look forward to the special Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Having its origins in the 19th century, some of the museum’s 7.7 million objects are far older. Its collections include interesting natural-history exhibits from the fields of zoology, entomology, mineralogy, anthropology, osteology and palaeontology.