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Bern Historical Museum

Helvetiaplatz 5, Bern 3005, Switzerland
+41 31 350 77 11
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Ranked #6 of 34 Attractions in Bern
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: The Bernisches Historisches Museum is one of the most important Museums of cultural history in Switzerland. The collections of archaeology, history... more » 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. « less
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Bern, Switzerland
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11 reviews 11 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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66 helpful votes 66 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
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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46 helpful votes 46 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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Basel
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26 helpful votes 26 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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UK
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208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This museum houses a wealth of histories from local, Norman, encryption, religious artifacts and histories. As well as the exceptional einstein museum. Discounts for groups and students/concessions. There is a bistro and toilets on site. Highly recommended. It is also the second largest historic museum, CHF 13 for permanent exhibition, CHF 18 for Einstein Museum

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Pasadena, CA
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44 helpful votes 44 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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