Bern Historical Museum

Bern, Switzerland

The Bern Historical Museum is the second largest historical museum in Switzerland. It was designed by the Neuchâtel architect André Lambert and built in 1894. Since it was initially conceived as the Swiss National Museum (which the city of Zurich was later chosen to host), the architect took as his model various historic castles from the 15th and 16th centuries. An extension to the original museum building was completed in 2009.

The museum contains collections related to the history of Bern from prehistoric times to the present and other artefacts on permanent display from Asia, Oceania, America and Egypt. One of the most remarkable items in the collection is the Muri statuette group, a group of six Gallo-Roman bronze figurines.

Over the museum's entrance is a glass mosaic, 'The Age of History', featuring the figures of Poetry and History, made in 1900 by the Swiss painter Léo-Paul Robert.

First conceived as a temporary exhibition in 2005, the Einstein Museum became a museum dedicated to the life and work of Albert Einstein, who developed the Relativity Theory while living in Bern. The house where he lived (Einsteinhaus) in this period is also open to the public, but is located elsewhere in the city and charges separate entry fees.

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Founded: 1894
Category: Museums in Switzerland

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Cindy Peng (2 years ago)
The museum is huge! We spent 2 really nice afternoons there and still haven’t been able to finish it yet. Great activity for a gloomy day alone or with company! (Could be really empty during the weekdays, and it gets a bit scary when no one is in the room with all the historically looking mannequins
Ognian Dimitrov (2 years ago)
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.
eperke kiss (2 years ago)
Lovely place in Bern, I really like it!
caroline eghagha (2 years ago)
This museum is a two in one. There's the history museum and there's the Einstein museum and they are both really good. I discovered so much about Einstein's childhood. The objects in the other part were amaźing to see like the manual tooth drill
Flávia Mobili (2 years ago)
Really nice museum with many different things about Einstein. The first floor you can see a few Egyptian artifacts, the second floor is dedicated to Einstein and the third floor is 20th Century of Bern. To me Einstein's museum was the best, it has different galleries and it isn't completely restricted to his life. For example you can read a bit about other famous Jewish scientists. The entrance is a super cool effect with mirrors and you have many videos and documents.
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