Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum

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Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum

Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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 Graechwil, 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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JHMTTL
Woodbine, MD1,538 contributions
Jul 2021
The Bernisches Historiches Museum is quite large. We spent many hours going through hundreds of exhibits covering the history of Switzerland. There is also a large exhibit about the life of Albert EInstein. I learned a lot about Einstein I never knew.
Written December 30, 2021
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AP1729
Chennai (Madras), India31 contributions
Sep 2020
The museum has many floors - the 2nd floor talks about Einstein and his life history. The others included a section about Bern's importance in the 20th century, Bern in medieval times, a section about Native Americans , Egyptians and a section about old statues from the reformation era.

The Einstein floor is the main attraction and goes into detail about his life. Being an avid science enthusiast, I was fairly familiar with his life, but there were lots of interesting details which I did not know. Apart from this, the museum felt like a collection of arbitrary topics.

Overall can spend a few hours here especially on a rainy day.
Written September 27, 2020
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sammy10dog
Washburn, WI159 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We went to see the Einstein exhibit (especially after watching the Nat Geo Genius series about his life). We were more than pleased with the exhibit - Einstein’s life, some explanations (simplified)of his theories, and a lot more connected to the time period. I. Addition,the other exhibits at the museum were good and we ended up spending over 4 hours there. We didn’t see it all.
It was a terrific rainy day activity!
Written March 5, 2020
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria18,284 contributions
Sep 2020
We spent about 2 hours in the museum. The museum itself has a historical and archaeological part dedicated to the creation and history of Bern. There is also a small Egyptian museum, as well as a museum of cultures from Southeast Asia. The museum is interesting and well arranged, I recommend it.
Written September 27, 2020
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Cherub61
Switzerland66 contributions
Sep 2021
The Einstein Museum is excellent, but I also really enjoyed the modern history of Bern and Switzerland. I have a degree in Modern British and European History but Switzerland is not a country I know a lot about, so I learned many interesting things about famous Swiss people and innovations.

Please be aware that this museum takes a long time to walk around. We didn't visit until around lunchtime and felt we could have spent another hour there when it got near closing time.
Written October 4, 2021
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TXMISS54
Engelberg, Switzerland49 contributions
Jan 2020
Took in the Homo Migrans exhibit first. Very interesting partially interactive exhibit on the topic of migration spanning 2 mio. years.
Then we did the Einstein exhibit. It was quite extensive and very informative. Turns out that Einstein was quite a ladies' man...(and not all that nice to his first wife). It was more focussed on the person than on the person as a scientist. So you don't have to be a physicist to find something interesting or enlightening about the exhibit.
Written January 18, 2020
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elena076
Moscow, Russia298 contributions
Feb 2011
The museum is coveniently situated just outside the city center. There is a spacious square with some parking space. We arrived at the museum at 11 a.m. on a week-day and parked just next to the impressive gates leading to the main entrance.
To the right from the entrance there is a lovely cafe with tasty coffee.
Once we got inside the museum I was a bit distracted with piles of books and albums and had to look around for the cashier-desk. The entrance ticket cost us 24 CHF each for the permanent exhibition and the temporary exhibition dedicated to James Cook.
All the information is provided in English, as well as French and German, so moving around the museum was easy. We even found that the audio-guide was not really that needed, as all the exhibits were provided with proper written explanations.
The permanent exhibition covers the whole length of history of Swiss Confederate. There are maps, armour, ancient books, kitchen-ware etc. on display. Personally, I was most impressed with mid-ages marriage deeds and an extensive collection of porcelain miniatures. For those who prefer glitter of gold, a small treasury represents an outstanding collection of curious wine vessels.
The temporary exhibition was simply terrific! To track all three voyages of James Cook was a fantastic experience.
Written February 27, 2011
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Marchp
Florence, Italy113 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
I went specifically for the Einstein exhibition. It was a little too short and a bit too focused on his personal life, but still I enjoyed it a lot. The other exhibition rooms are about the history of Bern... they are amazing. The best part of all is you get a ticket for the entire day, so you can have lunch outside and come back to finish the whole museum. I would recommend at least 2.5 hours.
Written August 17, 2018
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AndiM
Scottsdale, AZ488 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
There is some amazing things in this museum so plan to spend a good amount of time there. The highlights for us were on the 2nd mezzanine level which had a section on a line of Bern royalty dating back to 1326 and unfortunately, the family lineage stopped after 2008...you’ll have to go to find out more :) I’d also say learning more about Albert Einstein.

So why three stars? We first of all, this museum is laid out very poorly. You are sent down many paths thinking you are going to circle back to where you started only to dead end. You now have to walk all the way back only to be sent through the same ordeal. In my opinion, some of the museum seams to skip around too much. I go from medieval history to Egyptian tombs (there is only one small room dedicated to this...why is it in this museum)? The 2nd floor is dedicated to Albert Einstein but I think focuses too much on his Jewish heritage and WWII than his actual theory of relativity. He gave a massive gift to the world and I felt like it was breased over. The entrance to the 3rd floor is in the middle of the Einstein exhibit. I felt like the 3rd floor was a hodgepodge of recent things. That needed in another dead end that we had to walk all the way back to the start of...to finish the Einstein floor. So weird! PRO-TIP: go up to the top of the spiral staircase that takes you to 3. There are awesome views of the city and Alps!
I can’t say I’m sorry I went but this place could be done so much better.
Written November 28, 2017
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OneWayVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,780 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
It's easy to spend at least two hours in the Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum You start with a fascinating tour of galleries full of of Neolithic, Celtic, and Roman artifacts from the region, then visit the Egyptian gallery; a Persian sitting room; before entering the enormous Einstein Museum.

The Einstein gallery is a permanent amalgamation of a two-year, two-storey temporary exhibit that documented his life on one floor, and his science on the other. You enter via a grand old stone staircase that has been enclosed in a vaulting hall of mirrors – the effect truly suggests the relativity of space and perception.

Until we went through the detailed exhibit, we never realized what a complicated and scandal-plagued personal life Einstein led. He was quite the ladies’ man, with a series of loves, wives, and mistresses. The gallery that describes his work in theoretical physics manages to explain these concepts very clearly.

Entry is free with a Swiss Rail pass.

This is one of Bern's must-see museums!
Written October 21, 2017
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