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Bern Historical Museum

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Address: Helvetiaplatz 5, Bern 3005, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 31 350 77 11
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Bernisches Historisches Museum is one of the most important Museums...

The Bernisches Historisches Museum is one of the most important Museums of cultural history in Switzerland. The collections of archaeology, history and ethnography include approximately 500,000 objects dating from the Stone Age to the present and representing cultures from all over the world. The hydria from Grächwil, the Burgundian tapestries, the diptych from Königsfelden and a series of ethnographical objects as well as coins and medals are all internationally renowned. Besides these, other highlights of the permanent exhibitions include the spectacular Bernese sculptures, two Bernese mayoral thrones and much more. The integrated Einstein Museum offers an account of the life and work of the physicist and places it in a fascinating manner in the context of world history. Temporary exhibitions are regularly staged in the generously proportioned exhibition hall.

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Great way to learn about Einstein

If you are a scientist or not this a super exhibition about Einstein, it is really putting together personality and also history what happens in the world and how it influences... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2015
Isabelle B
Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were attracted by pictures of the funny glass wall on the web. It is really worth to come and see it by ourselves. We didn't go inside and spent approx. 1 hr to take pictures of the building only.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

If you are a scientist or not this a super exhibition about Einstein, it is really putting together personality and also history what happens in the world and how it influences Einstein life. Great job!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

You know a museum is good when it wows you before you even enter properly. I only went to the exhibition on Einstein and boy I was impressed. It had a mixture of media that should fascinate anybody. A word of the wise: the stuff on World War 2 is potentially upsetting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

The town is very nice and the city center is a treat. Almongst all the cities in Schwitzerland Bern is perhaps the most immediately charming. The city is crammed onto a steep-sided peninsula in a crook of the fast-flowing River Aare. The views when you are walking here is facinating and the cosyness of this city is getting to you.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Fascinating building and insights into Bern. The exhibit on the town plans was fascinating. The curators are helpful and friendly. The Einstein museum is brilliant, with one of the most impressive entrances I've ever seen

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

A great museum - no one could be bored here! It also feels very well done and well financed, unlike some museums. I went on a quiet Sunday and was alone in some of the exhibition halls. The models are so realistic and the lighting is so perfectly dimmed, that I got freaked out! Everything is very realistic and well... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

If you wanna learn about the history of Switzerland this is a really good place It's a big exhibition with many historical objects There is also an included exhibition of Einstein Can recommend it

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The historical part is very well made. With a lot of great put in places. The Einstein part was a bit less good. So for me not worth. Very nice again is the Swiss invention part were you see over the years pioneering of Swiss people in Food, Engineering, Pharmaceuticals etc. Very entertaining.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Being from Canada and wearing our Canada Flags, we seemed to be treated with a lot more respect than the american travellers. The americans were so arrogant and demanding. Too bad they think they are better than others. We were offered treats and gifts they did not get. I was offered $1,000.00 for my Canadian Pin Flag and I told... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The Einstein museum inside the Bern Historical Museum provides a very comprehensive biography about the life of Albert Einstein. Starting from his birth, family, education, career, marriage, and his award as a Nobel Prize winner. It also has some simple illustrations of his theories. Very informative!

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