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Address: Helvetiaplatz 5, Bern 3005, Switzerland
Phone Number: +41 31 350 77 11
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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

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 2, 2016
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely museum with all sorts of eras of history covered. The main exhibition is "The Einstein Museum" which is why I wanted to go. Fantastic displays and great insight into the world of the late 19th early 20th century in Europe. Einsteins life and artefacts brought the history of Europe to life. I think I may now... More 

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

This museum is one of the best I have been to. It's uncluttered and has a variety of different themes from storage to the present. The history of Bern is well set out and you understand how Switzerland became the unique country it is today

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

The historical sections on the lower floors are a very good introduction to the history of Bern. This is what I was most interested in. The head and feet of the giant wooden gate statue are not to be missed. I knew a lot of Einstein biographical information but the museum added more. His history is heavily interwoven with a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Great for the history of the City but we spent as much time in the Einstein museum which is only an extra 3 CHF; bargain!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

This is one of the best historical museums I have visited in Europe. The exhibition covered 3 floors and the exterior lift to get to the modern history in the roof was a visual experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

Actually we are looking for einsten house at the moment but GPS drive us to this place. Much better and complete compare to einstenhaus near the city centrum. We got free entrance because it is 1,5 hours before its closing time! Lucky us! Good place to visit if you are physicist, science enthusiasts, it is also completed with history of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

Go to this museum if it the only one you see in Bern. Wonderful exhibits -well laid out with English translations. We missed out the floor on Einstein as we had spent time on him in his own house. The modern section was evasive on the war years which was a shame as there is clearly a lot to say!

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