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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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Description: The Bernisches Historisches Museum is one of the most important Museums of...
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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Wonderful displays of Canton Bern history - Strong on Medieval Relics - Worth a Visit

The Bern Historical Museum is located in a large hundred-year-old building across the river from the city centre and close to a number of other museums. It is a large (I think 6... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We decided to go to the museum as it was really rainy. The Einstein exhibition was interesting (5 Francs extra), but the rest of the museum was very average. Okay for a rainy day, wouldn't recommend for children.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The Bern Historical Museum is located in a large hundred-year-old building across the river from the city centre and close to a number of other museums. It is a large (I think 6 floors but lots of half floors as well) building focusing primarily on the hundreds of years of mediaeval triumphs and tragedies involving Bern. It is a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The Einstein museum was amazing. Shows very detailed aspects of his life from birth to death. Make sure you do the audio guide as well, it does well with explaining each room. My only problem with this is the museum haven't clearly labelled some of the objects connected to the audio guide tour. So a lot of the time we... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

this is a great museum - we spent quite a bit of time there. Our 5 year old loved it and we all found it very educational and worth the visit. Definately recommend

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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

well appointed in a neo-historical building dating from the 1910's located near the United States embassy. Having Bernese roots this was a must see for us. The exhibits range from the neolithic era to the Celtic, Roman, Alemanic periods, to the founding of Bern in the 12th century, the medieval era to the renaissance, age of enlightenment all the way... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Loved this museum and spent ages in the Einstein section. Whole place was enjoyable and informative - particularly Millefleur tapestry and relics from the Konigsfeldon monastery. We thought the entrance fees were worthwhile.

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Bern, Switzerland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

A really lovely place with exquisite food. The prices are not low, but the quality of both food and beverages makes the experience satisfying, especially in the fine ambience.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Tons and tons of items of his...photos, descriptions. You'll learn a lot. Swiss Pass gets you free entrance in museums, saving you a bit of money.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Bern Historical Museum actually contains three seperate permanent exhibits to include: Bern City History, Bern Fine Arts, and the Einstein Museum. The Einstein Museum is absolutely wonderful as you get a unique insight into Einstein the physicist, teacher, and family man. The Einstein museum also houses his Nobel Prize and several photos of Einstein with famous scientists to include... More 

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Libertyville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The museum was practically three in one: The Bern City/State History, The Bern Fine Arts and the Einstein Exhibition. Each of them were printed in English and well organized and thorough. The Bern City History was particularly interesting...with artifacts and explanations just how Bern achieved the important status that is did.

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