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.
To the agenda
50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing
The Apollo 11 landed on the moon 50 years ago. Since the University of Bern was also involved in its research and development, the anniversary has special significance for the Federal City and will be suitably celebrated from 27 to 30 June with a festival of science. Numerous activities on the theme of space travel and research will be held in conjunction with the anniversary.
The End of the World
Planet Earth and its inhabitants’ biospheres have always been threatened by constant danger from natural disasters and human-made catastrophes, which in turn has spurred on humanity’s innovative power. The “End of the World” exhibition, where natural and cultural scientific perspectives meet, runs until 2020.
5 Stars – Sensational Fossil Find from the Jura
A unique treasure trove of fossils is accessible to the public here. A recent discovery of 170 million year old echinodern fossils in the Bernese Jura is on display up to September. The highlight of the exhibition is a stone slab with its own population of sea urchins, star fish, brittle stars, crinoids and sea cucumbers. Their extraordinarily good state of preservation transforms these fossils into something quite special.
T.rex – Have We Met?
The T.rex exhibition on loan from the Natural History Museum in London will be in Bern from 14 September 2019 until 16 February 2020. The centerpiece of this exhibition is the unique and world’s first true-to-life model of a T.rex, which comes to life thanks to animatronics. Further elements such as movable models of dinosaurs and life-size skeletons will astound young and old visitors alike.