Naturhistorisches Museum Bern, Ausstellung c’est la vie – Geschichten aus Leben und Tod, Blauwal

c’est la vie – stories of life and death

Permanent exhibition

There can be few areas in the natural sciences more fascinating than the study of life itself. This exhibition, which is divided into a range of existential topics, uses interactive exhibits and over 1000 objects to take us from the cradle to the grave.

Life is unthinkable without death. The exhibition depicts familiar lifecycles in surprising ways to show, for example, how dead material is broken down only to return to the realm of the living as an earthworm.

Living creatures are programmed to pass on the gift of life at all costs. The Dance of the Sexes explores courtship, conception and birth, and has at its centre the question around which everything revolves: how does the male sperm get to the female egg?

c'est la vie also reminds us that all that is bursting with life is also hanging by a thread. The first question upon arrival into this world is one of survival. For all its extravagant glory, life is fickle, and the unpleasant truth is that to live is to die.

This exhibition was awarded the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences' Prix Expo in 2009.

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