Attraction of the Month Switzerland – The Einstein Museum in Bern
This year, the Einstein Museum in Bern is in a festive mood. Various jubilees and the continuing popularity of the museum are a cause for celebration – and an excellent reason to accompany the genius on his life’s journey.
Bern’s Einstein Museum has a number of reasons to celebrate: It is ten years since the opening, during the EinsteinYear 2005, of the special exhibition marking the centenary of the publication of the Theory of Relativity. Over an area of 1,000 square metres, excellently presented original objects, writings and films provide an insight into the life of the physicist Albert Einstein, as well as illustrating the most important historical events of his time. Both private and professional aspects of Einstein’s life are highlighted, revealing the person behind the genius. Romantic relationships and dramas are covered, as is the fascinating world of the 1920s. Other central themes include the horror of the Holocaust and the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima.
Ten years ago, in view of its enormous success, the decision was taken to present the exhibition permanently. Since then, the museum’s popularity has not waned and so far there have been 500,000 visitors, many of them from abroad. Last year, for example, people from 54 different countries and from all continents visited the exhibition. An audio guide in nine languages (German, French, English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Japanese and Chinese) makes the Einstein Museum accessible to a broad international public.
Centenary of the publication of the General Theory of Relativity
Ten years after publishing his Special Theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein completed his General Theory of Relativity in 1915. The year 2015 marks the centenary of this sensational discovery and thus again puts Albert Einstein in the international spotlight. Why not take this opportunity to visit the Einstein Museum and wonder at the impressive legacy of this brilliant physicist?
The Einstein Museum in the Bernisches Historisches Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm and closed on Mondays. Audio guides are available in nine languages (German, French, English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Japanese and Chinese).
Text & Photos: Einstein Museum in the Bernisches Historisches Museum
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