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BERN HISTORY MUSEUM

Historical Museum Bern MedievalThe Historical Museum of Bern is the second largest historical museum in Switzerland after the national museum in Zurich. The museum, located across the river from the central city at Helvitiaplatz was built in the form of a castle, designed by the Neuchâtel architect André Lambert in 1894. The design takes elements from actual historic castles from the 15th and 16th Centuries. The permanent collections are quite impressive, displayed in time periods from the Stone Age and Celtic periods to the 20th Century, though medieval times, and the height of Bern’s power in the conquest of Aargau and the Vaud (Lake Geneva region), with the victory of the Swiss Confederates over Charles the Bold of Burgundy, taking large sections of southwest Switzerland from Savoy. The collections cover Egyptian Artifacts, Asia and the Near Middle East, and even an American Indian section. Temporary themed exhibits last for several months are presented in 1000 sq meters of exhibition hall.

The Einstein Museum

Einstein Museum at Bern Historiches MuseumThe Bern Historical Museum also houses the Einstein Museum. First conceived as a temporary exhibition in 2005, celebrating the 100th Year Anniversary of Einstein’s “Miracle Year”, focused on the time Einstein lived in Bern between 1902 and 1905, when he developed his Theory of Relativity while working at the city’s Patent Office. The exhibit was so popular it was kept as a permanent section of the museum, cover two floor, entered through a rather surrealist staircase of mirrors, as if swirling in the cosmos of the atom. The exhibits of the Einstein Museum explore the noted scientist’s life in Bern, his Jewish heritage, and the meaning of his work and theories, featuring documentary film, audio, animation, some of his papers and memorabilia. The apartment where Einstein actually lived “The Einstein House” can also be visited separately, not part of the museum.
Visiting Bern Historical Museum

The Museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm on all national public holidays, though it is closed during the Onion Market in November and on Christmas Day. Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Admission to the permanent exhibitions, the Enstein Museum and the temporary exhibition are separate charges (13 CHF and 18 CHF), though can be combined. The permanent collections are free with a Swiss Pass, but the temporary exhibits are a 50% discount.

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