Bistro AMB

Enjoy a delicious lunch, a glass of wine, or coffee and cake at our Bistro. We look forward to serving you in our historic setting and, in summer, in our beautiful courtyard. 

Mon:        11 am – 2 pm 
Tue, Wed: 11 am – 5 pm
Thur, Fri:   11 am – 10 pm 
Sat, Sun:   11 am – 5 pm 

The kitchen is open until one hour before the bistro closes.

Winter menu
Weekend menu
This week's menu (pdf, in German)

David Schmied and his team are looking forward to your visit. Book online or call +41 61 201 12 30 or write to bistro (at)

Capanna AMB

Open now!

Welcome to our cosy wooden cabin – the Capanna AMB. Escape to this unique event location and a mystical forest where mysterious Greek mythological hybrid creatures live and cheeky satyrs get up to no good. Our rustic wooden cabin offering fancy fondue and raclette is the perfect place to experience special moments together. Book today and let yourself be enchanted by this one-of-a-kind combination of culinary delights and unique atmosphere!

Opening hours
11 October 2023 – 23 March 2024
Tuesday to Sunday:        6pm to 11pm
Monday and Sunday:     Upon request

A reservation is recommended. Book online here.

Group events
Book the Capanna for your private celebration or corporate event. Have a pleasant start to your evening in our atmospheric sculpture garden. After some Glühwein (mulled wine) and appetizers, head to the cabin for a hearty all-you-can-eat fondue or raclette, whichever takes your fancy. The Capanna has space for up to 72 people. Our cosy wooden cabin is also available for private hire.
Feel free to contact us via the telephone number +41 61 201 12 60 or send your online request

Capanna menu (pdf, in German)

Events AMB

Would you like to hold a company event or a talk in the special ambience offered by one of our venues? Organise a drinks party amongst antique artworks or a stylish birthday or wedding party in historic surroundings? Our characterful venues can accommodate anything from 4 to 250 people, so you are sure to find one to suit.

From a small drinks party in the idyllic inner courtyard to a dinner with multiple courses in our Roman vaulted cellar, anything is possible for our in-house Bistro team.

To find out about making a booking, please contact Nicole Salvi, Head of Food & Beverage, Events, event(at), +41 61 201 12 60. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Bistro Rooms

Bistro Rooms

In these two rooms of a house designed by Melchior Berri, you breathe pure Basel history. The house, built on the site of the old Cathedral deanery, once belonged to J.J. Bachofen-Merian, and was later turned into Basel’s Registry Office. Now, two of its rooms are occupied by the museum’s Bistro. 

Suitable for receptions/drinks, banquets

Inner Courtyard

Inner Courtyard

Idyllically secluded, with its own fountain and Mediterranean plants, the inner courtyard is the perfect place to while away warm summer evenings.

Suitable for receptions/drinks and banquets

Sculpture hall on Mittlere Strasse

Sculpture hall on Mittlere Strasse

You can incorporate sculptures into your event at our sister museum, where the largest collection of plaster-casts of ancient sculptures in the world is housed. Since we can move them around, we can arrange the exhibits just as you please.

Suitable for concerts, receptions/drinks, readings, lectures/speeches, AGMs, banquets, sales events, weddings, parties

Meeting room (ground floor)

Meeting room (ground floor)

The small but elegant meeting room has an enchanting situation. The windows look on to the idyllic inner courtyard, where you can stretch your legs or have a bite of lunch.

Suitable for meetings, conferences, workshops

Egyptian Gallery

Egyptian Gallery

Lit entirely by artificial light, the room which houses our Egyptian works of art resembles an airy treasure chamber, where you feel transported back to the days of the pharaohs.

Suitable for chamber music, receptions/drinks, readings, lectures, AGMs, Film/Video/Multimedia

Vaulted Cellar

Vaulted Cellar

The long, narrow vaulted cellar, with its Roman sarcophagi and portrait statues, offers an exclusive ambience. The Roman cellar shafts add a reminder of Basel’s long history.

Suitable for receptions/drinks, round-table meetings