Museums & Galleries

Bern is home to some of Switzerland's leading museums and galleries. Use this list to get an overview for planning your visit to the city's many exhibitions.

Swiss Alpine Museum

The Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are within easy reach of Bern. And the Swiss Alpine Museum (ALPS) brings the mountains one step closer. ALPS reopened in March 2012 following a complete renovation.

Cerny Inuit Collection

A renovated garage near Bern's main train station houses this extraordinary comprehensive collection of contemporary art from the high North.

Einstein House

Albert Einstein lived in Bern from 1903 to 1905 and developed his Theory of Relativity here. The Einstein House gives visitors a chance to see where the great physicist completely revolutionized our understanding of space and time.

Historisches Museum

The Bernisches Historisches Museum is one of Switzerland's most important cultural and historical museums and holds a general historical collection containing approximately 500,000 objects.

Prison Tower

The Prison Tower (Käfigturm) was Bern's second city gate. Today it is the seat of the Confederation's Political Forum, which regularly hosts exhibitions and events related to political issues.

Kornhausforum (Granary Forum)

The Kornhausforum presents a multifaceted exhibition and events program on topics such as design, architecture and photography.

Kunsthalle Bern

Since its opening on October 1, 1918, the Kunsthalle Bern has been offering the public a broad spectrum of works from Bern, Swiss and international artists.

Museum of Fine Arts

Switzerland's oldest art museum is home to one of the country's most distinguished collections that includes outstanding works spanning eight centuries.

Museum of Communication

The Museum of Communication is the only museum in Switzerland to be dedicated exclusively and interactively to the history of interhuman communication.

Natural History Museum

Its animal diorama display and exhibit of spectacular gigantic crystals qualify the Natural History Museum in Bern as one of Switzerland's most important nature museums.

Jegenstorf Castle

Schloss Jegenstorf

The Jegenstorf Castle is set in idyllic park complete with a pond and plane trees and is home to the Museum for Bernese Home Décor.

Zentrum Paul Klee

Built in 2005 by leading Italian architect Renzo Piano, the cultural institution displays the world's most important collection of works by artist Paul Klee.

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