The ten permanent exhibitions at the Bern Historical Museum are devoted to the topics of history, archeology and ethnography. The integrated Einstein Museum presents the life of the Nobel-prizewinning physicist, whose relativity theory revolutionized the way we understand space and time. The museum’s modern addition measuring 1,200 m² houses exciting rotating exhibitions on a variety of subjects.
With excavations from the Stone Age, burial customs from Ancient Egypt, Indian handicrafts and 2,400-year-old exhibits from the Orient, the Bern Historical Museum is one of the leading cultural-historical museums in Switzerland and is home to a collection of around 500,000 specimens of universal historical significance. The items on display date from the periods extending from the Stone Age to the present day and represent cultures all over the world.
The exhibits from the past history of the capital city of Bern deserve special mention. The west portal of the Bern Minster, models of the Old Town, the plunder from various military campaigns and splendid silver treasures from the Renaissance and Baroque eras are just a few examples of the permanent exhibitions.
Albert Einstein was living in Bern when he developed his world-famous E=mc² formula. The Einstein Museum introduces visitors to the life and work of the physicist in a captivating manner within the larger context of world history. Einstein’s theories and discoveries are illustrated using animated films and experiments. You can find out more about this multifaceted exhibition focused on probably the most famous scientist of modern time here.
Take a Selfie with Albert Einstein
Visit the park at the Bern Historical Museum for a special encounter with Albert Einstein. How about a selfie on the Einstein bench next to a life-sized bronze figure of the brilliant physicist? And don’t forget to use the hashtags #ilovebern and #einsteinselfie when you post your pictures on Instagram, Facebook and Co. The bench was installed thanks to the generous support from the GVB Cultural Foundation.
Attractive Rotating Exhibitions and Exciting Supporting Program
Featuring themed and permanent exhibitions, tours and special family offers, the Bern Historical Museum has something for everyone with its diverse program. Covering 10,200 m2, the museum presents cultural-historical, prehistorical and ethnographical topics using innovative methods.
Yoga at the Museum
On Tuesdays you can spend your lunch hour doing something different at the museum. Before the hour-long yoga class takes place, a ten-minute lecture shares many interesting facts with visitors about an exhibited object at the museum. Then, it’s time to spread out your yoga mat in the magnificent Oriental Hall. Relaxation, rejuvenation and new discoveries are guaranteed during this noon-hour program.
Multaka. See the Museum from a Refugee Viewpoint
The Multaka project – the word comes from the Arabic and means “meeting point” – is transforming the museum into a place for encounters. Visitors meet people from a refugee background and who have been trained as museum guides. This gives visitors a new perspective of current world history during a stroll through the exhibition. The free weekly tours take place every second Sunday.
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Live better! The Search for the Ideal Way of Life
Vegan, fit, conscious – over 100 years ago, devotees of the “Lebensreform” (“life reform”) movement were already searching for a way to live healthier and better lives. Around 1900, Switzerland’s first “Reformläden” (health food stores) opened and people started bathing in light and planting their own vegetables. This exhibition (13 February–5 July 2020) takes a closer look at how the movement has developed over the years, including its flaws and achievements.
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