Museum and Gallery Tour of Bern (Self Guided), Bern

Bern has an amazing array of museums and galleries to visit. Learn about the culture of the Swiss Alps. Check out what's new in contemporary art. View historical photos of Bern. Take this tour to do all this and more as you visit Bern's most famous museums and galleries.
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Guide Name: Museum and Gallery Tour of Bern
Guide Location: Switzerland » Bern (See other walking tours in Bern)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Author: ChristineS
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Museum für Kommunikation

1) Museum für Kommunikation (must see)

With its exhibitions and activities, the Museum of Communication in Bern responds to social and cultural consequences of communication and its technologies.

Collecting, preserving and exhibiting are among the traditional functions of museums. An equally important aspect of museum policy is education, and when it comes to that, the museum puts its visitors at the centre of it all. Experiential exhibitions sharpen the senses and inspire participation and experimentation.

The museum is a space for entering into a dialogue with history, the present and the future of communication. The relationship between communication and culture is at the core of its activities. The Museum of Communication makes its post, traffic, tourism and philately, telecommunications and IT as well as radio and television collections available to be used by the general public.

The Museum of Communication also places a strong focus on current developments, particularly in areas such as information and communication technology, and new media. In doing so, it contributes to the discussion of current and interconnected issues.

Why You Should Visit:
To explore a very different concept to traditional museums in an interactive way.
This place SERIOUSLY makes you think about the world of communication, technology and how it affects our daily lives.

Tip:
Children under 6, as well as holders of a Raiffeisen card, benefit from free admission.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am–5pm
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Naturhistorisches Museum

2) Naturhistorisches Museum (must see)

One of the largest natural history museums in Europe, the Natural History Museum of Bern is known for its set of over 220 life-sized dioramas, featuring preserved animals from Switzerland, Africa and Asia; it also owns a collection of minerals from the Alpine region, samples of gold discovered at various locations in Switzerland, meteorites, a large stock of invertebrates, and Switzerland's largest collection of animal skeletons and bones displayed under the name "The Big Bone Show" (Die grosse Knochenschau). This latter room exhibits over 300 skeletons, including those of a fin whale and an Asian elephant. The display cabinets contain numerous further exhibits, including 518 individual bones.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the cheaper museums to visit, especially great for kids who will enjoy the huge range of interactive exhibits.
There are art gallery-like science rooms in the same building and as well as the café there is a designated indoor picnic area.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 2-5pm; Tue, Thu, Fri: 9am-5pm; Wed: 9am-6pm; Sat, Sun: 10am-5pm
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Swiss Rifle Museum

3) Swiss Rifle Museum

The Swiss Rifle Museum was built in 1885 around the time when the first shooting clubs began to appear in Switzerland. This museum has an impressive collection of firearms. You can also find cups, trophies, coins and medals on display here.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 2 pm – 5 pm; Sunday: 10 am – 12 pm; 2 pm – 5 pm
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Swiss Alpine Museum

4) Swiss Alpine Museum (must see)

Dedicated to the nature and culture of the Swiss Alps, this museum moved into its current premises on Helvetiaplatz in 1933. It displays exhibits concerning the geology, tectonics, glaciology, meteorology, flora, fauna, cartography, agriculture, folklore, settlement, alpinism, tourism, winter sports, endangerment and protection of or in the Alps, as well as visual art relating to the Alps. Its collection, which is registered as a cultural property of national significance, contains some 20,000 objects, 160,000 photographs, 600 prints and 180 paintings by artists such as Ferdinand Hodler, and the world's largest collection of raised-relief maps. Visitors can tour a permanent exhibition of selected objects labeled in German, French, Italian and English, as well as temporary exhibitions concerning specific aspects of the museum's scope.

Why You Should Visit:
The displays really provide a very good survey of paintings of the Swiss Alps in a wide range of styles and there is an interactive feature that allows you to study the collection by time period, location, subject, and even gender of the artist.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am–5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Kunsthalle

5) Kunsthalle

Kunsthalle Bern is an art exposition hall located on the Helvetiaplatz in Bern. It was built in 1917–1918 by the Kunsthalle Bern Association and opened on October 5, 1918. Since then, it has been the site of numerous contemporary art exhibitions. Kunsthalle gained international renown with expositions by artists such as Paul Klee, Christo, Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore, Jasper Johns, Sol LeWitt, Gregor Schneider, Bruce Nauman and Daniel Buren.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 11 am - 6 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Burgerbibliothek of Bern

6) Burgerbibliothek of Bern

The Burgerbibliothek of Berne is a public library located at Münstergasse 63 in Bern. The origins of this institution can be traced back to the Reformation. Until 1951 it belonged jointly to the city and the university and was supported by the Canton of Bern and the Community of Burghers of Bern. The library's collection includes the illustrated, late-medieval chronicle entitled Berner Chronik that was written by Diebold Schilling the Elder. The library has more than 30,000 historical photos of Bern and about 1,000 precious codices, some of which date back to late antiquity. The library includes manuscripts inherited from the following collectors: Eduard Bähler, Philipp Emanuel von Fellenberg, Jeremias Gotthelf, Johann Rudolf Grunet and Kurt Guggisberg.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Kornhausforum

7) Kornhausforum

Kornhausforum is an exhibition hall located in central Bern. Exhibitions held here are typically organized by artist or theme. Many forms of art are represented, including design, music, literature and photography. Exhibition programs vary and may include presentations, performances, parties, festivals etc.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday: 12 pm - 5 pm; Thursday: 12 pm - 8 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm

Walking Tours in Bern, Switzerland

Create Your Own Walk in Bern

Create Your Own Walk in Bern

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bern is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Places of Worship Tour of Bern

Places of Worship Tour of Bern

Bern has an impressive number of worship places that span a range of architectural styles. Take this tour to visit the churches, cathedrals and synagogues where Bern residents go to pray and express their religious beliefs.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Nightlife Tour of Bern

Nightlife Tour of Bern

When the sun goes down, you can enjoy another side of Bern – its nightlife. Bars and lounges can be found throughout the city, which will keep you entertained with a wide range of cocktails, music and shows. Take this tour to discover Bern's funkiest nightspots and to have an unforgettable night on the town.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Fountain Walking Tour of Bern Part II

Fountain Walking Tour of Bern Part II

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Specialty Shops Tour of Bern

Specialty Shops Tour of Bern

Bern has an amazing range of shops where you can find great gifts and souvenirs. Take this tour to discover Bern's best wine shops, watch stores, bookstores and more.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Architecture Tour of Bern

Architecture Tour of Bern

Bern has a very interesting and storied history. The city is the cultural center of Switzerland and has a wide range of architectural monuments and buildings to explore. Some of them will impress you with their unusual style, while others will amaze you when you learn how they were constructed. Take this tour to visit Bern's architectural highlights.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Bern is the capital of Switzerland, and here you can find many fascinating attractions, such as the century clock tower, The Münster of St. Vincent, the Historical Museum of Bern and the Bundeshaus. Take this tour to explore the most notable sights in Bern; you will not be disappointed.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km

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