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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Miami, Florida
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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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Basel, Switzerland
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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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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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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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Vancouver
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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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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I was not sure what to expect when we went here. I had wanted to visit the Einstein museum which is part of this building. I was really surprised at some of the things that were revealed about Einstein and his family. Well worth a visit, even without a Swiss Pass

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Note that this review relates ONLY to the Einstein exhibition. There's a lot more to see but we didn't have time for anything else. This museum has a huge collection of items and original documents from and relating to Einstein's life. To give just one example, they have the town register from Ulm in which his birth is recorded. All... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I went to Bern with the intention of paying respect to this great man and the musuem is superbly arranged showing events of the 20th century parallel to Einstein's life - please do visit even if maths and physics is not your thing. This museum is a great biography rather than a science class.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Several reviewers said earlier that it is an average museum - I agree. Due to limited time on my hands, I needed to prioritize and only wanted to see the Einstein Museum but was disappointed to learn that you cannot separately buy the ticket. Permanent exhibits cost 13 CHF and if you want to see Einstein exhibit, you pay 5... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Initially not very excited about visiting this museum... Admittedly lacking in curiosity about Swiss-german history, I enjoyed the exhibits which helped to put some parts of Swiss history, and its social history, into perspective. Interesting building too.

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