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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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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Einstein museum - terrific !

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Bern Historical Museum

Address: Address: Helvetiaplatz 5, Bern 3005, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 31 350 77 11
Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Bern  >  Bern Mittelland District  >  Bern
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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