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Natural History Museum, Bern
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The Natural History Museum of Bern is a museum in Bern, Switzerland. In its teaching and research it cooperates closely with the University of Bern. It is visited by around 100,000 people yearly.HistoryThe museum is owned by the Bürgergemeinde of Bern. It was officially founded in 1832. It is located on Bernastrasse, in the Kirchenfeld quarter, in a building that was erected between 1932 and 1934, opened in 1936 and expanded several times since then. Previously the exhibits were kept in a building on Hodlerstrasse built from 1878-81 and demolished in 1936; and earlier still, in the library gallery of a former college building.CollectionThe museum 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.Mammal DioramasThe dioramas originate from a collection of big game animals from Africa, bagged by the London-based Bernese painter and game hunter Bernhard von Wattenwyl (together with his daughter Vivienne) during an expedition in 1923-24. A total of 130 of these animals are on display, in 33 dioramas along two darkened corridors. The dioramas are designed and furnished according to the animals' natural habitat.Plan to visit Natural History Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bern attractions using our Bern holiday planner.
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Este museo de historia natural es muy interesante, con muy buenas explicaciones y una muy linda exposicion.This Museum of natural history is very interesting, very good explanations and a very nice exposure.show original
Ein Besuch lohnt sich jederzeit, ob mit Kinder oder alleine, es hat für jedermann etwas interessantes dabei.Worth a visit at any time, whether with children or alone, it has something interesting for everyone.show original
esta bueno para recorrer, pero principalmente para llevar a los chicos! los tiene super entretenidos con las esculturas de animales que ahi alli!!is good to explore, but mainly to bring the kids! super entertained with sculptures of animals that there there has them!show original
Our absolute favourite for a (rainy) family day out. We must have seen the exhibition ‘c’est la vie’ ten times or more. Our daughters (2 and 5) love going there, and it certainly sustains repeated viewing for adults, too! The collection of skeletons and a superb series of life-size animal dioramas are among the highlights. Also don’t miss the room-sized ant colony - and the rocks & minerals section in the basement. The cafeteria is small but perfectly formed. There is also a picnic area upstairs, and a playground in the inside courtyard. The presentation of the science is top-notch, the museum succeeds in engaging all age groups without resorting to ‘talking down’ to children. The whole museum has nothing of the mustiness so often associated with natural history museums - in fact, it’s super stylish! A lot of the museum’s success is no doubt owed to the splendid exhibition- and graphic design by art director +Claude Kuhn. (Google him, you’ll see what I mean). If you spend more than a few days in Bern I think this is an absolute must.
Perfekt für den verregneten Sonntag mit den Kids!
TimSoooo great!show original
Enzo L.Very interesting, especially well suited to children.show original
Luca PalliNot to lose the monthly bar called "dead animals"...show original
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