The museum is located in the Solitudepark on the right Rhine Bank in Basel (Switzerland). The museum building was designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta and was opened in 1996. The construction is made possible thanks to a donation by the Swiss pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche to the city Basel.
The permanent collection of the museum offers a wide selection of Tinguely's work from all stages of his life and gives a comprehensive overview of the work created by him: sculptures, reliefsand installations . In addition are in the collection: drawings, sketches, documents, exhibition posters, catalogues and many photos.
The museum collection is to a large extent from a donation by the widow of Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Roche from the collection.
The museum also organises an exhibition program dedicated to Tinguely's examples Marcel Duchamp and Kurt Schwitters, his contemporaries Bernhard Luginbühl, Niki de Saint Phalle and Yves Klein (who also contributed to many of his projects) and contemporary artists with respect to the kinetic art.