Museum of Fine Arts (Kunstmuseum)

Museum of Fine Arts (Kunstmuseum)

Museum of Fine Arts (Kunstmuseum)
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This large art museum houses the world's largest collection of Paul Klee works and has an extremely impressive selection of 20th-century artists.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Robert
    4 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kunstmuseum
    Loved the fantastic paintings, especially Vlaminck. The modern, grey concrete & galvanised steel building however would make Colditz look warm and inviting! I guess it was intended to contrast with the art; in reality it is far too harsh & austere, actually detracting from the many fine paintings
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • classic1903
    Ventura County Coast, California173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem in Bern
    The basement of the Kunstmuseum Bern is a hidden gem. A very nice, but limited, collection of works by artists including Picasso, Klee, Kandinsky, Miro, Monet, Matisse, van Gogh, and others. The limited quantity of works in the exhibit space made it easy to compare and contrast these artists through time and style. Upstairs contained some very interesting works by Swiss and other artists. We spent about 1-1/2 hours at the museum and were very glad we made the visit. Senior discount made the admission for us only CHF 7, and we felt that this was a great value. Very good facility, including coffee shop, gift shop and free locker area. An easy walk from Bern's Old Town. Thumbs up.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Martin H
    Hong Kong, China925 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not a big museum
    This isn't a big museum and there is not a huge amount of art on display but in some ways that makes it a bit more enjoyable if you've got limited time. They have a lot of work by Swiss artists but they do have some works by the traditional masters. This is probably something for a wet day rather than a must-see sight in Bern.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 May 2024
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Martin H
Hong Kong, China925 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This isn't a big museum and there is not a huge amount of art on display but in some ways that makes it a bit more enjoyable if you've got limited time.

They have a lot of work by Swiss artists but they do have some works by the traditional masters.

This is probably something for a wet day rather than a must-see sight in Bern.
Written 19 May 2024
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classic1903
Ventura County Coast, CA173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The basement of the Kunstmuseum Bern is a hidden gem. A very nice, but limited, collection of works by artists including Picasso, Klee, Kandinsky, Miro, Monet, Matisse, van Gogh, and others. The limited quantity of works in the exhibit space made it easy to compare and contrast these artists through time and style. Upstairs contained some very interesting works by Swiss and other artists. We spent about 1-1/2 hours at the museum and were very glad we made the visit. Senior discount made the admission for us only CHF 7, and we felt that this was a great value. Very good facility, including coffee shop, gift shop and free locker area. An easy walk from Bern's Old Town. Thumbs up.
Written 24 September 2023
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Robert
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Loved the fantastic paintings, especially Vlaminck.

The modern, grey concrete & galvanised steel building however would make Colditz look warm and inviting!

I guess it was intended to contrast with the art; in reality it is far too harsh & austere, actually detracting from the many fine paintings
Written 13 September 2023
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permia
Ireland63,022 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Having followed the Gurlitt saga since it first made the headlines almost a decade ago, we were delighted our visit coincided with the latest exhibition concerning the trove of paintings and their provenance.

Marvellously presented, it describes the ethical difficulties of dealing with almost 1600 paintings left by Gurlitt as a bequest to this Bern museum, conforming to the 1998 Washington Principles and many other issues associated with both his and his father’s legacy .

A powerful statement is the enormous double walls containing images, both front and back, of the bequest in its entirety.

While viewing the selection it was fascinating to see the attendant traffic light system regarding the provenance of the works. Green for works determined not to be looted, orange for gaps in the assignments, and so on.

As well as the special Gurlitt exhibition, the gallery displays multitudes of other priceless paintings. Superb works by the renowned Ferdinand Hodler were great to see, particularly Der Tag and Die Nacht.

Kandinsky, Picasso, Miro, Braque, Chagall and many more were delightful to admire while strolling around over a couple of hours.
Written 9 October 2022
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Brian R
Vienna, VA665 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A small collection of mostly little-known Swiss artists with a sprinkling of more well-known artists. Good for fans of Bonnard, though. We would have been better off spending the time walking around the old city.
Written 11 August 2022
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Snowball's adventure
Barnet, UK7,061 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Only 2 stars due to we were expecting a lot more masterpieces. The paintings/ arts were a bit too modern to our likings. However, staffs were nice & polite & the place was empty. It was nice to stroll around inside.
Lockers were on the basement and it's free to use.
Free entry with the Swiss Travel Pass.
Written 3 June 2022
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Ana B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
It was really expensive for almost nothing (36 CHF= 12CHF for students and 24CHF for adults)-best part of the permanent exibition was closed and the lady at the ticket office didn't tell us before we bought the tickets, she only told us when we noticed that we couldn't find most of the paintings we wanted to see... she told us "you can come back on 30 of may, when you can see those paintings"
We couldn't see any of the paintings by Van Gogh, Cezane, Renoir...
There was no description in english for the works of art in the permanent exibition, but this is a museum in a capital in Europe!
The temporary exibition (Heidi Bucher) was weird and there's not much to see really, wouldn't recomend it...
Also the reviews on google maps are disabled, so maybe they had some more unhappy visitors...
Written 21 April 2022
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CatherineBH
San Diego, CA1,165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
We have the Swiss Travel Pass and entrance to this museum was included. We’re glad that we we were able to visit. It had paintings and art from various artists like Joan Miro, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, and Vincent Van Gogh.
Written 5 March 2022
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Julian I
35 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I have been several times to the Kunstmuseum in Bern. It has a very good collection, even though most Klee works are now in a separate location. However, photography was always banned, even without flash. Finally, they have relented and I rushed over (nearly 90 minutes drive). The selection of the permanent collection was the WORST EVER and the hangings were terrible with massive reflections in 80% of the works. I know COVID has hurt museums a lot, but I can't recommend anyone going until the management is changed and the place is refurbished and the collection sorted out and rehung.
Written 2 June 2021
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Wendy
Saint Charles, IL76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
This is a small gallery- like museum with delightful gems. It’s light and airy, easy to digest although the range is wide, from 12thc to contemporary. The cafe offers relaxation and refreshments
Written 11 February 2020
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