Museum of Natural History of Bern

Museum of Natural History of Bern

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Popular in Bern - observed in the whole world. The Natural History Museum Bern was officially founded in 1832. In 1936 it moved into a new building in Bernastrasse deemed an excellent example of the “Neue Sachlichkeit“ style. The building was extended in 1998. The museum has 5100 square metres of exhibition space and an international reputation founded initially on its historical dioramas. Aside from Barry, the NMBE is famous for housing the giant Planggenstock crystals and for outstanding contemporary exhibitions such as «Apocalypse - End without End». The museum's collection contains around 6.5 million objects. The Naturhistorisches Museum Bern is also a place of research conducted by the 22 scientists responsible for the collections, and functions as a venue for cultural events - most recently the “Help, it's alive!“ series and the “Dead animal bar“
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Swissshamoo
Bern, Switzerland187 contributions
Jan 2020
As ornithologist, you may be surprised by the large collection if bird skins this Museum guard in its cabinets. Astonish collections of South American birds, especially the trogonids.
Written December 2, 2020
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DougieQT
Queenstown, New Zealand406 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
Spent a enjoyable couple of hours wandering the halls of the museum. Not being able to read the German explanations wasn't too much of a hinderance. Might help tourists if there was more English cards! Only seemed to be in one area of the whole museum and the Apocalypse expo was very hard to comprehend without it. For an international destination I think more languages are needed... like in the Bern Historical / Einstein Museum.
Written January 10, 2018
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Researcher-Historian
Fort Yates, ND38 contributions
Jan 2014 • Business
a very well appointed museum located near the U.S. embassy - it has over 200 life-sized dioramas. The most famous attraction in the museum is the stuffed hide of Barry, the St. Bernard dog, who is believed to have saved the lives of several dozen people from an all but certain icy death in avalanches during the first part of the 19th century.
Written November 12, 2014
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thomsontrips
Tillicoultry, UK102 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
Easy to get to by tram. One of the cheaper museums to visit...8chf per adult. Loads of kids there the day we visited, they all looked like they were having lots of fun. We found some of the exhibits a little strange by comparison to British museums. Not big so doesn't take too long to get round.
Written September 17, 2017
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Umang A
Mumbai, India722 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
One of the coolest museum in Swiss. Nice collection of rocks, stuff animals, marine life skeleton and of course Barry the Dog.
Written June 23, 2018
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WendyandTim
Switzerland68 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
This museum was perfect for a rainy day for our family. Lots of exhibits, many interactive, and a huge range. There was a play area for kids, an art exhibition in the same building and as well as the cafe there was a designated indoor picnic area. We spent several hours here happily with a 3 and 1 year old.
Written March 29, 2018
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Shipwrecked49
UK146 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Good museum and well worth a visit to see the rock (minerals) exhibition with details of where they were found

There are other exhibits too, with animals and insects as well as marine mammal skeletons

There's a small café in the entrance hall but it's food choice is very limited

Of all the museums and places of interest we have seen in Europe though, this is the only time that the exhibitions do not have any English translations - primarily German and some French

A note to the Management – be good to add English to the display cases
Written August 16, 2017
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martina_libi
Burgdorf, Switzerland75 contributions
Feb 2017 • Friends
I love the geological exhibition downstairs. It's not a huge museum but all the parts are interesting. Careful if you are there with young kids: there is an exhibition about life that involves sex, pregnancy and birth (nothing graphic but might lead to awkward questions), so if your kids don't know about the birds and bees yet, you might want to avoid that part.
Written March 29, 2017
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SnitchsMom
Manassas, VA127 contributions
Feb 2017 • Friends
We were on a Pilgrimage of sorts to the origins of the St, Bernard, so the only thing we visited in the museum was the Barry exhibit. The coolest thing was a photo booth where you can take a picture with different backgrounds and Barry.
Written February 18, 2017
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G-Man
Leeds, UK33 contributions
Oct 2015 • Family
When I took my small boy there it had some renovations going on so it wasn't as nicely presented as one would hope
Points to note:
- The geological exhibition is quite good - some impressive "quartz" etc...
- Park at the Casino over the bridge (the street parks nearby are limited for time)
- The exhibitions do not (did not?) have any English translations - primarily German and some French. No dinosaurs.
- The café left a lot to be desired.
I went mid-week and it was very quiet.
Written March 24, 2016
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Museum of Natural History of Bern is open:
  • Mon - Mon 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Tue 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM