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Bern Historical Museum

Helvetiaplatz 5, Bern, Switzerland
41 31 350 77 11
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Ranked #6 of 32 attractions in Bern
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Traveler Description: This museum features furniture and other antiques that demonstrate how people have lived in Switzerland for the past two centuries. more »
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Pasadena, CA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

A colleague and I visited the museum on a Saturday afternoon. We are both astronomers so we went straight to the Einstein exhibit which covers a whole floor. It was fantastic. It has a great number of Einstein artifacts and goes into a very detailed history of his life and work. It even tries to explain special and general relativity... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Bern has lots of good museums, but the Historical Museum is a special place in a spectacular building just across the bridge from the old town. The Einstein Museum, inside the Historical Museum, is really well put together and there are interesting things for all ages. The cafe is a great place to rest your feet and enjoy a drink.

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San Antonio, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

This review is for the museum and not Einstein's house. The house and museum are diferent and located away from each other. The museum is about a 15 min. walk from the train station. I was looking forward to visiting the museum and found it more interesting than expected. Recommend purchaing the audio guide to learn all the facts and... More

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perth
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Just go and be blown away by the visual experience and the take on the relativity sciences even if you dont like science

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Geneva, Switzerland
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59 reviews 59 reviews
24 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Visited on a Saturday afternoon having booked the exhibition online for 1200 time slot. Cost for family of 4 was CHF $60. Free lockers for backpacks and cameras were available, we were not allowed to take cameras into the exhibition at all. The audio guides were $5.00 each and well worth purchasing, as they gave a good explanation of the... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

The temporary Qin exhibition and the permanent Einstein museum on the 2nd floor are both superb, both in terms of content and presentation, and the (separate) audio guides are very good. If you want to take in both, and also have at least a look at the other historical sections of the museum (which are also excellent), I suggest arriving... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The exhibition is a good 2 hours worth spending. Also, they have a nice little shop. It's well done and you can learn a lot if you do not have previous knowledge. It's a good mix of videos, archeological findings and cultural knowledge. However, in my opinion it's a bit overpriced and not suitable for children. Also, I could imagine... More

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Woking, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Lovely museum, lack of maps to show the layout of the museum only a list to tell you about different levels within the building. Overall everything is limited but it is interest especially on level three with each years special events.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

There is a lot to see in the museum ensure you allow at least three hours minimum if you want to get round.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

On the museum's second floor, a fantastic wing is devoted to Einstein's life, the historical times he lived in and their main influences on / interactions with his life (including antisemitism, zionism, nationalism, nazism, the A-Bomb...) as well as his career development and main scientific discoveries. The exhibits devoted to the Fisrt Relativity Theory are particularly brilliant : 4 successive... More

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