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Bern Historical Museum

Helvetiaplatz 5, Bern 3005, Switzerland
+41 31 350 77 11
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Ranked #4 of 30 Attractions in Bern
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Bernisches Historisches Museum is one of the most important Museums of cultural history in...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Redondo Beach, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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
11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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35 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
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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Overland Park, Kansas
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Spent a few hours here, learned a lot about Bern and Switzerland, great displays, and plenty of space to cover everything from the earliest times to the present. Free with the Swiss Pass, aside from temporary exhibits.

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South Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The tickets were chf 18 and chf 21 for the Einstein museum (not Einsteins house which is separate and in the city) and it was really great! Worth the $$. Unfortunately my friend and I came in the afternoon and were not able to see most of it, so if you like to read and see every corner of a... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Very complete museum, many different areas distributed by floor and by period in history! Not too expensive, the prices is faire for what you get

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31 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This is a world class museum, with a great deal to see. The bronze age and celtic collections are excellent as are the superbly delicate textiles. You pay extra to got to the Einstein exhibit, but if you go to the very top floor of the main museum and then down the spiral staircase you find yourself in Einstein exhibit... More 

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