Basel Visitor Information

June 13 – 16, 2019

Opening Hours

Private Days (by invitation only)
Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 11am to 8pm
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 11am to 8pm

Vernissage (by invitation only)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 4pm to 8pm

Public Days
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 11am to 7pm
Friday, June 14, 2019, 11am to 7pm
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 11am to 7pm
Sunday, June 16, 2019, 11am to 7pm



Messe Basel
Messeplatz 10 
4005 Basel

Art Basel's Conversations series is open to the public from Wednesday, June 12 to Saturday, June 15. Conversations start every morning at 10am in Hall 1.

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

Buy tickets

Art Basel offers various ticket options for its Basel show, including special offers. We suggest purchasing tickets in advance to avoid lines

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.

Rules for Visitors

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

  • For safety and security reasons, all visitors and their belongings are subject to a thorough inspection before entering the show premises.
  • Backpacks, suitcases and trolleys of any size are not allowed.
  • Bags, briefcases and similar items larger than 16" x 8" x 16" (40 x 20 x 40 cm) must be deposited either at the Coat Check in the Welcome Lounge (Hall 5) or in Hall 1.
  • Only one bag per person is allowed.
  • Personal/- non-professional use photography is permitted, however it must be conducted without disruption to the galleries or visitors, and with the safety of the artworks in mind.
  • 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).
  • Smoking or vaping is not permitted on the show premises.

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.

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, fill out Basel Tourism's contact form here or send an email to

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 and rates, 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. Tickets will be available starting April 2019. For more information, 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, which will be available soon.

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 13 – 16


June 18 – 21


June 17 – 20