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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Dorothy V (6 months ago)
It is worth the money and the time! It is really a very interesting place to visit, it has lots to offer and many many super interesting exhibits. They also have english translations. You really need a whole day to see everything. It is not a quick-visit museum. Very well structured and designed. The stuff is well prepared and helpful. Amazing. Really. Swiss museums are the best.
Ben Beachy (8 months ago)
We got lost in here—excellent work to create a coherent and clear narrative throughout the museum. Seems like they truly care about educating their customers, while still providing a fun time. Great history museum!
Steve Corcoran (8 months ago)
Very interesting place, lots to see and many exhibits have english translations. Wish I had more time. They also have luggage lockers if you need them only 2 francs and you get it back!
Anika Liem (9 months ago)
Specifically went to look at the Einstein exhibition - you could spend a good few hours here reading through everything and listening to all the audio guide parts. It gives you an overview of his life as well as provides background on what was happening in the world at the time. You can also get a nice view of Bern about 2/3rds through the exhibition.
Gavin Roberts (9 months ago)
Truly excellent: I spent three and a half hours here! The temporary exhibition on 'Migration' is extremely interesting and well-curated: most of it has a focus on Switzerland that wasn't necessarily implied by the title, but through the prism of migration I ended up picking up some interesting information on Swiss history and modern life. The permanent collections have a wide array of subject areas, and some top quality exhibits.
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