The bulk of this museum resembles a neo-Gothic castle inspired by the Swiss fortress style of the 16th century. It's a venerable and somewhat old-fashioned repository for historical relics, along with archaeological, ethnographic, and numismatic collections. One of its primary attractions is a series of seven 15th-century tapestries. A tapestry called The Thousand Flowers, plus four others telling the story of Julius Caesar, belonged to the dukes of Burgundy during the middle ages. A number of rural and urban rooms, filled with period furnishings and artifacts, are also open to the public. Within the larger context of the museum is a specialized sub-museum, the Einstein Museum, where books, journal entries, and an ongoing roster of videotaped news bulletins illustrate the life of one of Switzerland's most famous émigrés, who lived in Bern for a while back in 1905. Animated films and a computer-simulated "virtual journey through the cosmos" help to illuminate Einstein's theories about the relationships between physical matter, energy, and time.
- © Frommer's 2013
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- tel: 031/350-77-11
- Helvetiaplatz 5
- Both museums Tues-Sun 10am-5pm
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