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Bern Historical Museum

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Address: Helvetiaplatz 5, Bern 3005, Switzerland
Phone Number: +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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Here again Einstein is alive

This is the museum, where one floor is completely filled with Einstein's life and time. His and his wife's personal things including bed are some of the many artifacts alive here... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the museum, where one floor is completely filled with Einstein's life and time. His and his wife's personal things including bed are some of the many artifacts alive here. In this museum entrance is not free. Several other floor of the museum is occupied by historical things including Egyptian mummies.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Einstein exhibit was a highlight. We usually love the audio tours and got it for the exhibit, but really didn't need it. Got in free with Swiss travel pass. Perfect for our rainy day after the free walking tour!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

The museum has really lot of collection spread over two floors and specially the upper part is Einstein Museum so both together brings lot of information, a must visit when you are in Bern

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We only got to spend 2,5 hours at the museum because of our parking, so we focused on what we went there for; the Einstein floor. This was so exciting and worth the whole entrance fee. We learned so much about his life and even new things about WW2. We could have used the whole day there, so make sure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

We came because I wanted to see the Einstein exhibit. It is very well done, but we ended up spending about 2 hours elsewhere in the museum as well (plus the 2 in the Einstein exhibit). The lower level has a very nice collection of artifacts from early Bern, down to some of the "military" clothing. But what caught our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Visited the Einstein museum and it was very interesting. Free entrance with the Swiss travel pass. A good activity for a rainy day. We paid 5 CHF for the explanatory device. Not too sure whether it was worth it because there are good descriptions of the exhibits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

After we purchased our tickets the advice was to start at the top and work our way down. Each floor welcomed you to more and more exciting things. Very few people come be found that made it nice to slowly enjoy your visit. The displays were very clean and I noticed a guard wiping the glass screens on some of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

This imposing building houses a very interesting museum. We spent a few hours being entertained and informed. Well recommended

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Visited the Einstein section of the Bern Historical Museum on a recent trip to CH. It was a suggestion by a (male) friend to entertain my science-minded husband, and I admit I expected to be baffled, bored or both! However - I have to say that the life story of Albert Einstein is absolutely fascinating, and the layout of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

We skipped the Einstein museum. Getting to the display areas of the rest of the museum difficult. Upstairs, downstairs. Not laid out for handicapped. Wide variety of displays. Most interesting was the 20th Century - year by year - highlighting locals achievements.

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