We look forward to your visit

Planing your visit

Thank you for visiting the Museum of Natural History Bern! On this page you will find everything you need to know, from opening hours and catering options to our rules of the game, so that all visitors can enjoy their stay with us. We wish you many exciting discoveries!

Bitte beachten Sie, dass unsere Ausstellung «Tiere der Schweiz» aufgrund der Schädlingskontrolle vom 25. April bis am 20. Mai geschlossen ist.

Opening hours

Monday

2 pm – 5 pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

9 am – 5 pm

Wednesday

9 am – 6 pm

Saturday, Sunday

10 am – 5 pm

Closed

  • New Year's Day
  • Good Friday 
  • Easter Sunday 
  • Ascension Day
  • With Sunday
  • 1st August
  • 12 September: Firm's outgoing
  • 28.11. «Zibelemärit»
  • 24 December
  • Christmas Day
  • 31 December

 

Open: The following opening hours apply on these public holidays: 10–17 Uhr

  • Easter Monday
  • With Monday 
  • 26 December (Boxing Day)
  • 2 January (Berchthold's Day)

Entrance fee

adults

CHF 12.00

ststudents, senior citizens, handicapped persons, groups of 10 and more persons

CHF 10.00

members of the Natural History Museum Association

CHF 4.00

children and youths (up to 16), schools

free

From Saturday, 9 April 2022, all refugees (groups and individual guests) who can prove their identity (N, S, F ID card) will receive free admission to our exhibitions. Events and bookable mediation offers are excluded.

We accept

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

Museumscard Bern

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 online.

Address and access

46.9421412, 7.4489427

Natural History Museum Bernastrasse 15, 3005 Berne, Switzerland

Access

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. 

Parking

There is a limited number of parking spaces (blue zone) around the museum.

Practical information

Persons with a disability

We are committed to low-threshold access. The whole museum is wheelchair accessible. Assistance dogs are allowed. Please let our staff know if you need assistance.

Foreign-language visitors

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.

Wifi

You can surf for free in the entire museum.

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).

Picnic

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.

Pictures

Taking pictures and making films is allowed in the entire museum. Share your pictures with the hashtag #NMBern.

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed in the exhibitions, with the exception of guide dogs.

Infants

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 in the Museum

We are a TiM museum. «TiM – Tandem in the Museum» is an uncomplicated offer for people who like to go to the museum together and appreciate the exchange about culture. Information and registration can be found here.

Visitor code of conduct

Dear visitor,

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.

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Large bags and rucksacks, umbrellas, rainwear and other bulky items must be placed in the lockers or left in the cloakroom.
  6. 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.
  7. With the exception of certified assistance dogs, animals are not permitted in the exhibition spaces.
  8. Insults, discrimination, racism, sexual harassment or any form of abusive behaviour towards other visitors or museum staff will not be tolerated.
  9. 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.
  10. Visitors who continue to violate the code of conduct despite being cautioned by our staff may be asked to leave the museum.
Museum rules for group visits

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.

  1. 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.

  2. Please do not touch exhibits unless notices specifically invite you to do so.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Seats and clipboards are available if required. Please contact a member of staff.

  7. 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.