The Antikenmuseum Basel is the first museum outside of Greece to run an exhibition on the most important ancient shipwreck ever found: the so-called Antikythera wreck. The exhibits will consist of items from the sensational cargo of the ship: masterpieces of Greek art and technology.

The exhibition tells the story of a ship that sank around 70/60 BC during a storm off the Island of Antikythera near Crete. The ship had been sailing from Greece to Italy with a cargo of magnificent pieces of Greek art destined for the Roman market. They included exquisite marble and bronze sculptures, among them the world-famous likeness of a philosopher, gold jewellery, silver coins and vessels, richly decorated glassware, luxurious pieces of furniture and transport amphorae. A mysterious machine made up of bronze gears was also found at the bottom of the ocean. The so-called Antikythera mechanism is considered to be the world’s oldest computer and one of the most important discoveries in the history of archaeology.


Besides presenting the ship’s sensational cargo the Basel exhibition will also explain why it was sailing from Greece to Rome. In the 1st century BC Rome had become a new world power. The Romans were importing luxury goods for their villas as well as technology from Greece which would help them maintain their position of power.


The exhibition will also give an insight into the history of underwater archaeology. Discovered by sponge divers in 1900 the ship and its precious cargo have been examined numerous times. Even one of the pioneers in marine research, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, dived on the wreck.

Exhibition design: Studio Adeline Rispal, Paris



Opening Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday from 10 am – 9 pm (Bistro closes at 5 pm)
Closed on Monday

Admission Charges
Adults: CHF 20
Groups of at least 10 people: CHF 18
Children under 13: free
Young people from age 13 to 19: CHF 5
Students up to age 30: CHF 5
Museums-Pass-Musées: free
Swiss Museum Pass : free
Colour Key: free

Avail of a 10 % discount on the train ticket, the transfer and the admission fee by purchasing an SBB RailAway Offer.Tel. or online on sbb.ch/en/antikythera.

Guided tours
Guided tours in English on the following Sundays:  18 October 15, 15 November 15, 20. December 15, 17 January 16, 21 February 16, 20 March 16
Price per person: CHF 7, reservation required.
Private guided tours – with or without catering – are available upon request.
Reservation guided tours:  phone , fuehrungen(*at*)antikenmuseumbasel.ch


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