Basel Visitor Information

June 15 – 18, 2017

Opening Hours & Venue

Private Days (by invitation only)
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Vernissage (by invitation only)
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Public Days
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 11am to 7pm
Friday, June 16, 2017, 11am to 7pm
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 11am to 7pm
Sunday, June 18, 2017, 11am to 7pm

Messe Basel
Messeplatz 10 
4005 Basel

Our show takes place at the Swiss exhibition site Messe Basel, featuring a hall designed by international architects Herzog & de Meuron of Basel.

Rules for Visitors

To ensure your safety and comfort at our Basel show, please be aware of the following and prepare accordingly:

  • All bags, briefcases and similar items larger than 30 x 30 centimeters must be deposited at the bag check in Hall 5 on the other side of Messeplatz from Hall 2. No backpacks of any size are allowed.
  • Smaller bags can be taken into the halls but will be subject to inspection.
  • Photography is allowed for personal use only. No medium-format cameras with long lenses, flashes, extendable camera devices (i.e. monopods, tripods, selfie sticks, etc.) or video recording are permitted. When photographing in booths, please ask the gallerist for permission.
  • Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the exhibition halls, with the exception of certified service animals for visitors with disabilities.
  • Please note that press and promotional photography and filming are taking place on the premises. Attendance at the fair implies permission for your image to be used for non-commercial purposes (including media reports).
  • All visitors must comply with requests from our onsite security staff.

Read the full version of our safety and security policy.

Visitors with Disabilities

All entrances to our exhibition halls are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Please inquire at the Info Desks at Hall 1 and 2 main entrances.

Visiting with Children

Art Kids

The Kids Lounge at Art Basel is a perfect and safe place for kids to enjoy art and recreational activities while their parents visit the fair. Art Basel offers art programs for children aged 4 and over under the supervision of the Robi-Spiel-Aktionen professionals. Kids aged 7 and above can develop their skills at the Young Artists Studio, a paid program created in collaboration with the Museum Tinguely.

The Kids Lounge is open to Art Basel visitors during show hours in Hall 1.1.

Helpful Hints

Introducing children to Modern and contemporary art can be the beginning of a life-long adventure. Here are some tips for making the most of your children's visit to Art Basel:

  • Children under age 16 must always be accompanied by an adult.
  • Remind your children to always walk, not run.
  • Smaller children can be brought in baby strollers, which are permitted throughout the venue.
  • Remind children that security guards protect us and the art; please ask your children to respect their requests.
  • Instruct your children to never touch art as it can be damaged by the natural oils on their fingers.
  • To protect the art, please enjoy food and beverages only in the dining areas, especially with children.


Basel offers visitors accommodation of every type including large, small, and boutique hotels, bed-and-breakfast accommodation, and holiday apartments. Basel Tourism provides a central accommodation booking system that makes it easy to reserve hotel rooms in Basel and the vicinity. For additional information, contact, or +41 61 268 68 58.

Basel Tourism offers an attractive weekend package for Art Basel visitors. For additional information head over to their website or contact, or +41 61 268 68 68.

Concierge Services

Savoir Faire, Art Basel's official concierge, offers exclusive, personal and tailored services to our guests. For information, contact, or +41 79 739 35 38.

Guided Tours

Gain a deeper understanding of the art on display with a guided tour by Artstorming, available from Thursday through Sunday during show hours. The public tours are offered in three languages: English, German, and French. Other languages upon request. For information requests and bookings, please contact Sophie Gonzalez at

Private tours by gcc gmbh are also available in different languages upon request. For bookings and further information, please contact Nicole Reber at or call +41 61 701 20 77.

All self-guided groups must register prior to the show visit. Reservations can be submitted using the Self-Guided Group Visit Form

Cultural Institutions

Basel is home to 37 museums, an extraordinary number for a city of its size. In addition to its world-famous institutions, major public artworks include Richard Serra’s monumental sculpture 'Intersection' and Jean Tinguely's whimsical fountain, a collection of fanciful, water-spitting sculptures.

Cafes & Restaurants

There are many cafes and restaurants located throughout the exhibition halls. In addition, the cultural diversity of Basel offers a panoply of exciting restaurant choices including French, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, and Moroccan cuisine.

Future Show Dates


​June 15 – 18


​June 14 – 17


June 13 – 16