The current admission capacity is 500 guests. Especially in bad weather, at weekends and on weekdays between 1 and 3 pm, there may be waiting times. We ask for your understanding.
Consumption of drinks and food from the cafeteria is permitted with registration at the available tables indoors and outdoors.
Picnicking is permitted in our picnic area on the 1st and 3rd floor and in the garden.
2 pm – 5 pm
- Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9 am - 5 pm
9 am – 6 pm
- Saturday, Sunday
10 am – 5 pm
New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Ascension Day, Whit Sunday, 1st August, 20 September: Firm's outing, «Zibelemärit», 24 December, Christmas Day and 31 December
Easter Monday, Whit Monday, 26 December (Boxing Day), 2 January (Berchtold’s Day). On these public holidays the following opening times apply: 10 am – 5 pm.
Address and access
Natural History Museum Bernastrasse 15 3005 Berne Switzerland
From the main railway station take tram no. 6 (Worb), no. 7 (Ostring), no. 8 (Saali) or bus nr. 19 (Elfenau) to Helvetiaplatz. 3 minutes on foot to the museum.
There is a limited number of parking spaces (blue zone) around the museum.
- students, senior citizens, handicapped persons, groups of 10 and more persons
- members of the Natural History Museum Association
- children and youths (up to 16), schools
Kultur LEGI card, Swiss Museum Pass (for sale at the museum's cash desk), Museums Pass Musée (for sale at the museum's cash desk), Reka cheques, Raiffeisen card, Jugendkulturpass 16-26
Receive free entry to every museum in the city of Bern with the Museum Card! Prices:
Museum Card for 24 hours: CHF 28.00
Museum Card for 48 hours: CHF 35.00
The Museum Card is available in the Tourist Information at the main station and at the BearPark as well as online.
Food and beverage
In our cafeteria, we serve drinks and snacks. Besides, there is a menu of the day at midday (please book in advance).
You can surf for free in the entire museum.
Part of the exhibitions' texts is bilingual. You'll find addtitional translations on the multimedia guide app «izi Travel» (FR, EN, IT, JP). You can download the app here for free.
Taking pictures and making films is allowed in the entire museum. Share your pictures with the hashtag #NMBern.
Persons with a disability
The museum is wheelchair accessible. Feel free to ask our staff for help.
Picnic is allowed in the picnic area on the first and third floor as well as in the garden.
Important information for school classes: The space available in the picnic areas is limited and reservations are not possible.
Dogs are not allowed in the exhibitions, with the exception of guide dogs.
The exhibitions are accessible to prams. Entrance/exit is located next to the cafeteria. You'll find a changing table in the toilets on the groundfloor.
TiM – Tandem im Museum
Wir sind ein TiM-Museum. «TiM – Tandem im Museum» ist ein unkompliziertes Angebot für Menschen, die gerne gemeinsam ins Museum gehen und den Austausch über Kultur schätzen. Informationen und Anmeldung finden Sie auf der Webseite.
We are delighted to welcome you to our museum. To ensure the best possible experience for everyone, the museum has drawn up a code of conduct that we expect all visitors to follow. The code is designed to promote a peaceful atmosphere, protect our exhibits and our premises, and ensure public safety and security.
The code of conduct applies to all visitors. By entering the museum, you agree to abide by its regulations.
- Visitors must not touch, damage or in any other way harm our exhibits. Visitors ignoring this regulation will be held liable for any damage they cause.
- Food and drinks may only be consumed in the designated picnic areas and in the museum café. Smoking is not permitted in any part of the museum building.
- Unless notices indicate otherwise, prams and pushchairs are permitted in the exhibition areas. Pushchair spaces are provided. Please do not leave prams or pushchairs in front of emergency exits, escape routes or in narrow corridors.
- Photography and filming are permitted in the exhibition areas for private, non-commercial purposes. Notices indicate where photography and filming are not permitted, e.g. in special exhibitions.
- Large bags and rucksacks, umbrellas, rainwear and other bulky items must be placed in the lockers or left in the cloakroom.
- Teachers, group leaders and parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that the children and young people in their care behave appropriately. Young people over the age of 14 may visit the museum unaccompanied.
- With the exception of certified assistance dogs, animals are not permitted in the exhibition spaces.
- Insults, discrimination, racism, sexual harassment or any form of abusive behaviour towards other visitors or museum staff will not be tolerated.
- Our museum staff have a duty to enforce this code of conduct and to safeguard the public and our collections. Visitors must therefore follow the instructions of our museum staff at all times.
- Visitors who continue to violate the code of conduct despite being cautioned by our staff may be asked to leave the museum.
Are you visiting us with a party of children/young people?
We are delighted to welcome you to our museum. To help make your visit a success, we ask you to respect the following rules:
The Natural History Museum is a cultural institution that offers children and young people an exciting and interactive experience. However, please show respect for other visitors who, like you, are here to enjoy the museum.
The group leader is responsible for the group and must ensure that the group stays together and abides by our visitor code of conduct. They must ensure that the group is mindful of other visitors and of our exhibits, particularly with regard to noise, personal space, running and jostling. If your party is split into separate groups, each group must have its own accompanying adult. The museum attendants will address any concerns about behaviour to the accompanying adult.
Please do not touch exhibits unless notices specifically invite you to do so.
Climbing is permitted in the ‘Pica’s Nest’ forest experience area. For safety reasons, prams, pushchairs, furniture, chairs and other items may not be taken into this particular exhibition. Climbing is not permitted in any other part of the museum.
Unless notices indicate otherwise, prams and pushchairs are permitted in the exhibition areas. Pushchair spaces are provided. Please do not leave prams or pushchairs in front of emergency exits, escape routes or in narrow corridors.
Food and drinks may only be consumed in the designated picnic areas and in the museum café. Please leave the picnic areas in a clean and tidy state.
Seats and clipboards are available if required. Please contact a member of staff.
As the organiser of the visit, the school/institution shall be held liable for any damage to the museum’s exhibits and premises resulting from misuse.
Our museum staff have a duty to enforce our code of conduct and to safeguard the public and our collections. Visitors must therefore follow the instructions of our museum staff at all times.