A Place to Visit: Museum Kultur & Spiel Riehen or MUKS
Text by Morgan Hardy
The Museum Kultur & Spiel Riehen or MUKS in Riehen has completed its remodel. It is more engaging and beautiful than ever before—definitely, a place to bring your younger kids.
The Museum Indoors:
The first section focuses on toys and play. This area is small but well done. And the top floor includes several recreation areas that my children relished exploring.
The overall feel of the museum is cohesive, with beautiful finishings, designs, and colour schemes. Indeed, the museum building is an impressive feature itself, and luckily, a few spots held my children’s attention long enough to allow me to admire it.
My son cooked up imaginary meals in the play kitchen. At the same time, my daughter chatted on an old-fashioned telephone toy nearby. And much to my children’s delight, they discovered a tiny secret passageway. They found a small puppet theatre and a creative pattern-making station in the next rooms. However, the highlights were the beautiful rocking animals – my kids loved interacting with them.
Important to note that this indoor section of the museum is not stroller friendly. There is an elevator for the particular exhibition room, but the fixed display spaces are not accessible.
There are several outdoor stations for kids to enjoy. For instance, there is a small merry go round, stage and stairs. And three playhouses full of toys.
We spent most of our time here enjoying some sunshine and lots of outdoor time.
The main floor and gift shop are stroller accessible. And we found several kids’ games there like puzzles, board games, etc.
There is also a family-friendly bathroom with a good changing table. And an inviting picnic nook with tables, chairs, and a tea/coffee station. I noticed a freezer stocked with ice cream available for purchase. Ice cream and a visit to the nearby Spielplatz Wettsteinanlage makes an excellent combination for an afternoon adventure.