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Top 5 Museums in Bern, Switzerland

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Switzerland’s capital Bern is a small city but it has surprisingly many museums and art galleries. Here are the most popular museums in Bern.

Bern culture

The Einstein House

Albert Einstein lived in Bern between 1903 and 1905, and here he also developed his famous theory of relativity. Einstein’s former home on Kramgasse 49, in Bern’s picturesque old city, is open to visitors. The original furnishings have been restored and you can see pictures of the flat in Einstein’s time as well as copies of Einstein’s writings from his time in Bern.

The Einstein House is closed on Sundays. Trams no 3, 5 and 9 stop nearby (get off at the Zytglogge stop).

The Historical Museum

The Bern Historical Museum (Historisches Museum, Helvetiaplatz 5) is a gorgeous building that looks like a small castle. Exhibitions include Greek, Egyptian and medieval, and there is a permanent collection depicting the history of man from the Stone Age to today. This is a good place to learn about the history of the city of Bern and its surrounding areas. All the exhibits have explanations in English, German and French, and there are audioguides in several languages including English, French, German and Italian.

The museum is closed on Mondays. To get there, take tram 6, 7 or 8 to Helvetiaplatz.

The Einstein Museum

The Historical Museum also includes the Einstein Museum (not the same as the Einstein House!) that has a collection of original memorabilia and also films about Einstein’s life.

The Museum of Fine Arts

Bern’s Museum of Fine Arts (Kunstmuseum, Hodlerstrasse 8-12, an easy walk from the railway station) has exhibitions of art throughout the centuries, by both Swiss and international artists. Contemporary works are shown together with Picasso and Dali, and there are thousands of paintings and sculptures, hand drawings, photographs and videos here.

Natural History Museum

Bern’s Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum, Bernastrasse 15) was founded in 1832 and is a great place to take the kids for a few hours of exploring. The most popular exhibit here is said to be the one about rescue dog Barry, the legendary Swiss St. Bernard who died in 1814.  Check out also the Hall of Skeletons, the animal dioramas and the mineral collection.

To get there, take tram 6,7 or 8 to Helvetiaplatz.

Hotels in Bern

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Satu was born in Finland, but moved to London in 1996 and lived there for 10 years working as a journalist. She has spent the last couple of years mostly in India, practicing yoga and travelling.

5 responses to “Top 5 Museums in Bern, Switzerland”

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  1. Lisa Gillen Richards says via Facebook:
    March 28th, 2011 at 18:17

    the louvre!!!!

  2. Kay Nadeau Parsons says via Facebook:
    March 28th, 2011 at 18:19

    Teatro-Museo Dalí in Figueres, Spain.

  3. Rachel Corbally says via Facebook:
    March 28th, 2011 at 18:45

    Cairo Museum just amazing!!!

  4. Kathryn Swinford says via Facebook:
    March 28th, 2011 at 19:03

    The City of Rome

  5. Carol van Sickle says via Facebook:
    March 29th, 2011 at 01:39

    The Hermitage.


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