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Bern Historical Museum

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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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Einstein Musuem tells an engaging storey, rest of the musuem is great too

The museum contains a wide range of historical exhibits but the main attraction for most will be the 3rd floor which is dedicated to the life of Albert Einstein who lived in Bern... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

The museum contains a wide range of historical exhibits but the main attraction for most will be the 3rd floor which is dedicated to the life of Albert Einstein who lived in Bern at the start of his career and famously worked in the Bern patent office. The museum tells the story of Einstein's life in an incredibly engaging way... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We have been to Bern many times but had never visited this museum. We were completely surprised how great the Einstein Museum is on the 2nd floor. Please do not confuse this with the Einstein apartment found on Kramgasse in the center of the city. This is an excellent biography of his life and work in the context of the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

We were attracted by pictures of the funny glass wall on the web. It is really worth to come and see it by ourselves. We didn't go inside and spent approx. 1 hr to take pictures of the building only.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

If you are a scientist or not this a super exhibition about Einstein, it is really putting together personality and also history what happens in the world and how it influences Einstein life. Great job!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

You know a museum is good when it wows you before you even enter properly. I only went to the exhibition on Einstein and boy I was impressed. It had a mixture of media that should fascinate anybody. A word of the wise: the stuff on World War 2 is potentially upsetting.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Fascinating building and insights into Bern. The exhibit on the town plans was fascinating. The curators are helpful and friendly. The Einstein museum is brilliant, with one of the most impressive entrances I've ever seen

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

A great museum - no one could be bored here! It also feels very well done and well financed, unlike some museums. I went on a quiet Sunday and was alone in some of the exhibition halls. The models are so realistic and the lighting is so perfectly dimmed, that I got freaked out! Everything is very realistic and well... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

If you wanna learn about the history of Switzerland this is a really good place It's a big exhibition with many historical objects There is also an included exhibition of Einstein Can recommend it

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The historical part is very well made. With a lot of great put in places. The Einstein part was a bit less good. So for me not worth. Very nice again is the Swiss invention part were you see over the years pioneering of Swiss people in Food, Engineering, Pharmaceuticals etc. Very entertaining.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Being from Canada and wearing our Canada Flags, we seemed to be treated with a lot more respect than the american travellers. The americans were so arrogant and demanding. Too bad they think they are better than others. We were offered treats and gifts they did not get. I was offered $1,000.00 for my Canadian Pin Flag and I told... More 

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