Bern Historical Museum / Einstein Museum, Bern (must see)
The museum contains collections related to the history of Bern from prehistoric times to the present and other artefacts on permanent display from Asia, Oceania, America, and Egypt. One of the most remarkable items in the collection is the Muri statuette group, a group of six Gallo-Roman bronze figurines.
First conceived as a temporary exhibition in 2005, the Einstein Museum became a museum dedicated to the life and work of Albert Einstein, who developed the Relativity Theory while living in Bern. The house where he lived (Einsteinhaus) in this period is also open to the public but is located elsewhere in the city and charges separate entry fees.
Why You Should Visit:
The Einstein exhibit has a great number of Einstein artifacts and goes into a very detailed history of his life and work while also trying to explain special & general relativity in an understandable way.
The main collection, centered on local history, covers some rather universal themes, has some excellent historical room recreations and also a beautiful montage of Bern's "plague drawings".
Entry to the Einstein Museum (located on the building's top floor) costs more than the general museum entry, but includes both.
Renting an audio guide is not absolutely necessary as most of the times there's a text with explanations next to each display.
Make sure you climb the spiral staircase to the 'turret' to enjoy excellent views across the river to Bern's lovely buildings and landmarks.
Want to visit this sight? Check out these Self-Guided Walking Tours in Bern. Alternatively, you can download the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.
Bern Historical Museum / Einstein Museum on Map
Sight Location: Bern, Switzerland (See walking tours in Bern)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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