19 October 2013 – 6 April 2014
In this unique special exhibition, more than 700 original memorabilia and personal items
of the extraordinary icon Marilyn Monroe will be displayed in Switzerland for the first
time. The exhibition takes a look behind the facade of the glamorous Hollywood film star
Marilyn Monroe, who – despite her death some decades ago – still captivates our
Ted Stampfer’s private collection is Europe’s largest known private Marilyn Monroe collection. A
leading authority on Marilyn, Ted Stampfer is one of the few individuals who showcase their
collections to the public. Apart from paying tribute to a gifted actress whose unique character and
extraordinary presence have made history, the exhibition also aims to draw attention to Marilyn
Monroe as a private individual, presenting her personal and less famous side. After all, concealed
behind the facade of this frequently quoted sex symbol was an intelligent business woman with
clear objectives. Despite her fame, Marilyn Monroe always remained a very grounded person.
Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in Los Angeles on 1 June 1926 and christened
Norma Jeane Baker. She was raised in various foster families. After a successful career as a model,
she signed her first film contract in 1946. In the 1950s, she became Hollywood’s biggest star. On
5 August 1962, Marilyn Monroe passed away after an overdose of sleeping pills. It is still not clear
whether this was an accident, suicide or homicide.
Facts & figures
Museum, shop and restaurant
from 10.00–18.00 daily
The Swiss and Upper Rhine Museum Passes are valid for the Toy Worlds Museum Basle.
Children up to 16 years of age are admitted free of charge and only in the company of adults.
No additional charge for the special exhibition.
The entire building is wheelchair-accessible.