Bernisches Historisches Museum – Einstein Museum

Helvetiaplatz 5 , Bern
Bern, Switzerland
Phone: +41 31 350 77 11
closed on: Monday
Museum Type: Anthropology / ethnography, Archaeology, History / City
Bern history museum

The Bernisches Historisches Museum in Bern is one of the most important Museums of cultural history in Switzerland. The museum is housed in a Gothic-revival castle with a contemporary-architecture extension added in 2009 and designed by the Swiss firm :mlzd.

The museum is rather peculiar in its concept; there are four main sections: one dedicated to the history of the city of Bern from the Middle Age to 20th century, one archaeological section presenting findings coming from the Bern region and dating from the Stone Age onward, one Ethnographic section with artefacts from Asia, Oceania, Orient and America and finally a section dedicated to Albert Einstein, who was living in Bern during the elaboration of the Theory of Relativity. Overall, the museum collections include about 500,000 objects.

The Bernisches Historisches Museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions. The museum complex includes a shop, a restaurant and a beautiful park provided with a free picnic area.

photos: cover by Alexander Gempeler, Photo 1 by Christine Moor, Photo 2 by BHM, photo 3 by Nadja Frey, All images courtesy of Bernisches Historisches Museum

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