Bern Art Gallery (Kunsthalle Bern)

Since it opened on 5 October 1918, Bern Art Gallery (Kunsthalle Bern) has presented a wide range of Bernese, national, and international artworks to the public.

Solo exhibitions of artists such as Paul Klee, Alberto Giacometti, John Moore, Jasper Johns, Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, and Daniel Buren or topical exhibitions such as Harald Szeemann’s “When Attitudes Become Form” make Bern Art Gallery a meaningful institution of contemporary cultural production with an ongoing international impact.

Since it was established in 1918, Bern Art Gallery (Kunsthalle Bern) has viewed itself as a place to produce, present, and arrange exceptional exhibitions of contemporary art.

Interested in an after-work beer under a leafy canopy, high above the blue waters of the Aare, while enjoying a view of the Old Town of Bern? Then the pop-up bar at Kunsthalle Bern is the place for you. It also has the potential of becoming Bern’s most iconic summer bar.

To mark the 100-year anniversary of Kunsthalle Bern, the art gallery’s forecourt was expanded to include a floating platform. It is suspended over the slope above the Aare, beside the Kirchenfeldbrücke (Kirchenfeld bridge), and offers a lovely view across to the Old Town of Bern. The platform’s construction incorporates the large tree growing beside the Kunsthalle, making it part of the bar. The open section of the bar’s ceiling – which is covered by the green canopy of the tree – lends the bar a special summer atmosphere. And the black and white ceramic floor is a tribute to the original tile floor in the Kunsthalle foyer.

The Dampfzentrale Restaurant operates the bar, offering a small selection of snacks, salads and sandwiches in addition to the drink menu.

Kunsthalle Bern also uses this temporary extension for special events, concerts and readings. The program is available on the gallery’s website.

  • Opening hours Pop-up-Bar
    Monday–Thursday 11:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
    Friday 11:00 a.m.–12:30 a.m.
    Saturday 10:00 a.m.–12:30 a.m.
    Sunday 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

    Open when weather permits (closed for rain)

  • Opening times
    Tuesday - Friday 11:00 - 18:00
    Saturday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
  • Admission
    Adults CHF 8.00
    Students, Apprentices, AHV, IV CHF 4.00
    Children CHF 2.00
  • Kunsthalle Bern

    Helvetiaplatz 1
    3005 Bern

    T +41 31 350 00 40

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