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Bern Historical Museum

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Address: Helvetiaplatz 5, Bern 3005, Switzerland
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+41 31 350 77 11
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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interesting museum, even for non-English speakers

I'm writing a review because the Tourist Info center in Bern advised us not to visit this museum unless we speak German, but we went anyway because we were in the area and it was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm writing a review because the Tourist Info center in Bern advised us not to visit this museum unless we speak German, but we went anyway because we were in the area and it was raining outside. The TI could not have been more wrong; there were definitely a few exhibits that were missing English translations but for the most... More 

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Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating and informative place, esp., for my American friend not used to clay and other old stuff to watch. Go for it is all I can say and let yourself be surprised by the Past!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum includes many items for display to different topics including religious, western history and so on. For me, Einstein museum is cool and interesting. It's worth to go there!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

It is well worth a few hours especially in winter, to look through this museum. We spent the most time in the Albert Einstein exhibition. It was fantastic with many displays and personal memorabilia belonging to this great scientist. We learned a lot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

Bern is another living Museum; a typical old town where history blow your mind. High five to Einstein :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Spent 3 hours just visiting the permanent exhibition on the life of Einstein which was informative and very well presented. Really gave you good insight into his life and personality as well as his achievements and struggles. It's not the easiest exhibition to navigate but there are numbers to follow. Recommend the audio guide as it really enhances the experience.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

This is a must see. Much of this is dedicated to Einsteins life and what he did during the Hitler reign. Take time to read all of the information available. It provides some insights into what he was doing during that time and his regrets and what he did for many of the Jews. It's great education for open minded... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

The Einstein Museum is on the top floor of the Bern Historical Museum and requires a separate entry ticket. At CHF13 per adult it is not cheap when you consider that much of what is on display relates to the era in which Einstein lives and not specifically about him or his life.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

This museum has a lot of interesting information about Bern and its history, as well as Swiss and various world histories (exhibits on Ancient Egypt, Native Americans, India, Japan, and others). It also features an extensive Einstein museum, which was my favorite part, going through the life of Einstein. I had never known much about the political side of Einstein,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Many interesting exhibitions, and not crowded with tourists. The mirror room in the Einstein floor was awesome. I highly recommend visiting here! :)

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