mit der Biene
in German

25 June, 11 a.m.

Our earth is a unique planet. Life originated on it. Over thousands of years, humankind existed without leaving a profound mark on the environment. In the meantime, our constantly growing need for space and natural resources is putting pressure on ecosystems around the world. The exhibition EARTH AT ITS LIMITS explains our role in nature. How is our planet? Which natural processes do we influence and what are the consequences for nature and for people? What are the longterm consequences of our actions? How can we shape the future?

The Blue Planet

The Earth is the only planet we know on which life can exist. It is approx. 4.6 billion years old and life forms arose around 3.7 billion years ago. Evidence of human existence goes back 300,000 years.

The System of Nature

Life needs energy. Sunlight triggers natural cycles that allow organisms to grow, move and reproduce. Animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms form ecosystems - networks of interrelationships with each other and their environment.

The Antropocene

We humans are in integral part of these ecosystems. For millennia, man lived in harmony with nature. Yet we now are causing profound changes on the planet. The "Age of Man" has begun.

The Big Issues

The relationship between man and nature is off balance. We humans are meanwhile changing living conditions on earth. Entire ecosystems are coming under pressure. Six megatrends sum up the greatest challenges.

Big Issue 1

Overused Land

Landscapes were natural wilds for millions of years. In the meantime, we humans have changed three-fourths of the land area for farming, traffic, housing developments and the exploiting of raw materials.

Big Issue 2

Impacted Oceans

The oceans are the source of livelihood for almost a billion people. Oceans influence our climate and are the habitat of many different creatures and unique ecosystems. Even the vast oceans are showing clear signs of human impact.

Big Issue 3

Finite Freshwater

Without clean freshwater we humans and all land animals and plants cannot survive. It is also the habitat of many fish, insects, mussels, crustaceans and aquatic plants.

Big Issue 4

Environmental Pollution

How much is useful, how much is harmful? Today in the Anthropocene, the fine line between the benefits of an ecological damage caused by the use of chemicals has become narrower.

Big Issue 5

Bad Atmosphere

Clean air. We need it to live. But where can it be found? Polluted air is a health risk and environmental problem in more than just smog-polluted metropolises.

Big Issue 6

Too Hot!

The global average temperature has risen by 1°C since the pre-industrial age. This is due to greenhouse gas emissions and increasing deforestation worldwide.

Your Visit

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

Open on all bank holidays except December 24 and during Basel's Fasnacht (7.– 9.03.22.).

Admission Fees

Adults: CHF 19.–
In Training (< 30 years): CHF 9.–
Teenagers (< 20 years): CHF 9.–
Children (< 13 years): Free admission

Free admission with the Museums-PASS-Musées, the Swiss Museum Pass, the Raiffeisencard and membership of the Natural History Museum Basel's Friends Association.

The ticket for the special exhibition permits you to visit the permanent exhibitions as well.

Exhibition Leaflet
Location and How to Get There

Naturhistorisches Museum Basel
Augustinergasse 2
CH-4051 Basel

Link to Google Maps

We recommend arriving by public transport:

Take tram no. 2 (from SBB railway station or Badischer Bahnhof) to the 'Kunstmuseum' stop, then walk through the Rittergasse and over Münsterplatz to Augustinergasse 2 (museum entrance).

Take tram no. 8 or 11 (from SBB railway station) to the 'Marktplatz' stop, then walk via Freie Strasse and Münsterplatz to Augustinergasse 2 (museum entrance).


Naturhistorisches Museum Basel
Augustinergasse 2
CH-4051 Basel
E-Mail, +41 61 266 55 00


Museum Shop

Our museum shop offers a carefully selected assortment of products surrounding the special exhibition which have been manufactured with conscious use of natural resources. Whether produced locally, made of natural or upcycled materials – each of these articles is a testimony to the value and respect of nature. In addition to toys, design objects and accessoires, the shop also carries specialist literature and fiction.

People with Additional Needs

The exhibition is wheelchair accessible. Should you require assistance during your visit, please call or write to our representative for disabled persons in advance: Edi Stöckli / +41 61 266 55 37.

Private Tours

Number of participants: max. 25
Duration: 60 min.
All participants must wear a mask.
Cost during museum opening hours: CHF 400.-
Cost after museum hours: CHF 600.-
Information and booking: e-mail, +41 61 266 55 95



Around the Exhibition