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“A bit stuffy” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bern Historical Museum

Bern Historical Museum
Helvetiaplatz 5, Bern 3005, Switzerland
+41 31 350 77 11
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Ranked #4 of 30 Attractions in Bern
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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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“A bit stuffy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We went specifically to see the Terra Cotta Warrior exhibit, which was pretty cool (yes, there's only a few of the actual warriors, but the information presented is extensive and interesting). The rest of the museum was okay, some parts were pretty stuffy (literally and figuratively) but it was neat to see historical stuff from the local area instead of just random things. A lot of it was fairly dry material –family trees and belongings from local families, tapestry exhibits, etc. We enjoyed some parts but perhaps not worth the full entrance fee if it wasn't for the special exhibit. Note that no backpacks are allowed but free lockers are provided at the entrance. There is a café outside but it was a little pricey and had limited selection. We spend about 4 hours inside the museum and saw pretty much everything in that time. We would rate the Terra Cotta Warrior exhibit a 5/5 but the rest of the museum a 3/5.

Visited June 2013
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“A big let down”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Judging by the title of the exhibition, I was expecting to actually see something resembling at least a battalion of an army...instead a lot of artifacts, 1 real-life terracotta horse and just 4 warriors...that was it...While it was meticulously organized, it didn't live up to the expectations. After all the commotion about it, all the ads and all the fuss you get to go into a rather small room and wait for people to go out so you can go in yourself and admire the "army" of 4....

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London, United Kingdom
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“Good overview”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Exhibits have English labels - so very helpful. The Museum uses as much space in the building as possible making it a little difficult to follow an exact timeline of the history of Bern but this is not a big problem. The very early periods are not covered as well as the Medieval and later periods. The ethnographic galleries devoted to other cultures are also interesting but the ancient Egyptian gallery is very small and seems out of place. We enjoyed out visit.

Visited June 2013
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“Expensive but great value for money.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

This museum has LOTS to see and makes provisions for English speakers unlike some other Bern tourist attractions.

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“Expensive museum”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

The entrance was exorbitant at 28 CHF per adult, the exhibitions we saw was mediocre, the only exhibit which was worth seeing was the "TausendBlumen carpet" from Burgundy. We would not return.

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