Bernisches Historisches Museum / Einstein Museum

Bernisches Historisches Museum / Einstein Museum

Bernisches Historisches Museum / Einstein Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 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
About
The Bernisches Historisches Museum is one of the most important museums of cultural history in Switzerland. The collections of archaeology, history and ethnography include approximately 500,000 objects dating from the Stone Age to the present and representing cultures from all over the world. The hydria from Graechwil, the Burgundian tapestries, the diptych from Königsfelden and a series of ethnographical objects as well as coins and medals are all internationally renowned. Besides these, other highlights of the permanent exhibitions include the spectacular Bernese sculptures, two Bernese mayoral thrones and much more. The integrated Einstein Museum offers an account of the life and work of the physicist and places it in a fascinating manner in the context of world history. Temporary exhibitions are regularly staged in the generously proportioned exhibition hall.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

Top ways to experience Bernisches Historisches Museum / Einstein Museum and nearby attractions

The area

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles459 reviews
Excellent
280
Very good
138
Average
35
Poor
4
Terrible
2

Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,684 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We spent about 2 hours in the museum. The museum itself has a historical and archaeological part dedicated to the creation and history of Bern. There is also a small Egyptian museum, as well as a museum of cultures from Southeast Asia. The museum is interesting and well arranged, I recommend it.
Written 27 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Whittlesford
Haselbury Plucknett, UK579 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This is superb museum concentrating on the evolution of the city and canton of Bern over the ages. It starts with the stone age, Celts and Romans (ground floor) goes on (first floor) to the riches acquired at the battle of Grandson, the looting of Lausanne cathedral and so on. This latter part of the exhibition shows how little is left: anything gold was melted down but the needlework is stupendous. Napoleon got revenge by financing the Egyptian campaign with Bern's gold. Then "From the early middle ages to the Ancien Régime" (basement), the glory and decline of the Ancien Régime (mezzanine) and finally 20th century Bern (3rd floor). Absolutely fascinating for anyone interested in Bernese, Swiss and European history. Yes, there's the Einstein museum, the Egyptian bit and Asian cultures as well.

We went twice so we could soak the place in. Only drawback is the rather feeble sheet of paper showing what's on each floor; a much more complete description would have helped.
Written 27 February 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JHMTTL
Woodbine, MD1,795 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The Bernisches Historiches Museum is quite large. We spent many hours going through hundreds of exhibits covering the history of Switzerland. There is also a large exhibit about the life of Albert EInstein. I learned a lot about Einstein I never knew.
Written 30 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

permia
Ireland63,242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
A favoured resident in the city, Albert Einstein, is seated on a bench in front of this delightful building that was built in 1894.

What was originally meant to be a 2005 temporary exhibition, celebrating Albert's miracle year of 1905, in Bern, has become permanent. Black and white photographs are atmospheric. They show him with scientific colleagues, in the Patent Office where he worked and with his family.

Whilst one of the greatest minds and thinkers ever contemplated celestial harmonies, apparently his personal life wasn’t the most harmonious during these years.

An Ethnographical section has exhibits from around the world, including a fine House Altar from Japan.

Many other displays are engaging, covering local history over a couple of millennia. Another highlight is the treasure of exquisite items of gold and silver.

The building is also an artistic work. In a castellated style inspired by centuries old castles in the country, it has an impressive colourful mosaic called Age of History above the entrance.
Written 14 November 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Akshaya S
Noida, India520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The museum including the one dedicated to Einstein is a must visit if you have free time in Bern. We went during the day and spent about 2 hours in the museum. We still missed seeing a lot of it but our focus was majorly on the Einstein one. And we enjoyed it fully.
Written 14 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tom T
San Diego, CA59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The Albert Einstein Museum within the larger Historical Museum presented a comprehensive overview of Einstein's life. We learned many details about his personal relationships in addition to his scientific achievements. Heartily recommend this museum to history buffs.
Written 7 July 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Cherub61
Switzerland74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
The Einstein Museum is excellent, but I also really enjoyed the modern history of Bern and Switzerland. I have a degree in Modern British and European History but Switzerland is not a country I know a lot about, so I learned many interesting things about famous Swiss people and innovations.

Please be aware that this museum takes a long time to walk around. We didn't visit until around lunchtime and felt we could have spent another hour there when it got near closing time.
Written 4 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Bernie O
Bondsville, MA553 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Only had two hours before closing so we decided to concentrate on the Einstein exhibit. My companion reads every word at every station so we barely finished the entire exhibit before closing. Definitely worth seeing and gives one a detailed background of his life in Europe and the US. If you have a rail pass, the admission is free.
Written 2 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Michael A
Incline Village, NV373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Really enjoyed this outstanding museum spread over several floors of a large building. The exhibits are great. Lots of bi-lingual translations. The Einstein part is also excellent with lots of his personal stuff.
Written 1 October 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,097 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Thought it was a good thing to do while in Bern, I must admit I thought it would be more about his brilliance and what he achieved etc.

But I got the vibe it was mainly about WW2 and his university days. It did touch on some of his intellect side by only on a small scale.

I would recommend going and seeing for yourself, it free with the Swiss pass.
Written 31 December 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 235
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Bernisches Historisches Museum / Einstein Museum - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024) - Tripadvisor

All Bern HotelsBern Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Bern
All things to do in Bern
Casinos & Gambling in Bern
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday homesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire