Museum of Communication In Bern (Museum Für Kommunikation)

museum of communication bern

The Bern Museum of Communication is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth visiting, how to get there, and what to expect, you’ll get all the information you’re looking for in this guide!

This museum was initially founded as the Swiss Post Museum at the beginning of the 20th century. Over the years, the collections at the museum have been broadened to include exhibits on more than just Swiss Post, and the museum was renamed the Museum of Communication. In 2019, this Swiss museum got the Council of Europe Museum Prize, one of the two most important awards awarded to European museums.

Keep reading to learn a little bit more about Bern’s Museum of Communication, and decide whether it’s interesting enough for you!

How to Get to the Museum of Communication

Bern Tram

Bern’s Museum of Communication is south of the old town, and it is easily accessible by public transport. It’s right next to the Bern Historical Museum and the Swiss Alpine Museum, with Helvetiaplatz as the main public transport stop between all three.

The museum is also just a 10-minute walk from the Bern Cathedral, so if you’re already exploring Bern Altstadt, you can easily just walk up to the Communication Museum.

Bern has a good network of public transport and this museum is easily accessible by trams and buses that run through the heart of the city. Tram lines 6, 7, and 8 will get you to the museum from the main train station in Bern, as will bus line 19. That’s all you need to know if you’re visiting Bern on a day trip from a different city in Switzerland and you want to head straight to this museum.

Part of the Photo Collection - Museum of Communication, Bern
Part of the Photo Collection – Museum of Communication, Bern

Ticket Prices

Tickets for the Museum of Communication in Bern are available for purchase both online and at the ticket shop in the museum. You can purchase the tickets in advance if you want to, and that’s generally a good idea if you’re visiting during peak tourist season and you want to avoid waiting in line. It’s also possible to buy tickets on the spot, in case you prefer physical tickets to online ones.

The ticket prices for this museum are

  • 15 CHF for adults
  • 10 CHF for students & pensioners
  • 5 CHF for kids (6 – 15 years)

If you have any questions about tickets and availability, you can contact the museum at [email protected]. It’s also possible to call up the museum and ask, but I wouldn’t recommend that because it will cost you 1 CHF per minute.

Free Entry

Entrance to the museum is free of charge to travelers in possession of the Swiss Pass or the Swiss Museum Pass.

Opening Hours

The Museum of Communication is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Mondays are the only days when the museum is closed, so if you’ve got limited time in Bern, you might want to plan your trip around that.

What to Expect When Visiting

Bern Museum of Communication

The main attraction this museum houses is the Core Exhibition. It spans almost 2,000 square meters and includes exhibits on all the different types of communication, from letter writing to microchip implants.

It’s worth noting that the main exhibit at the museum was reinvented in 2017, and the New Core Exhibition is truly incredible to discover. Learn more about the ways humans communicated through the ages, from postal letters to video calls. See giant video screens, experience what it’s thought communication will look like in the future, and discover unusual artifacts related to the inception of human communication.

The Core Exhibition is one of a few permanent exhibitions at this museum. There are also a lot of interactive stations, as well as activities specifically aimed at children between the ages of four and eight. It’s worth noting that kids of these ages can get a special tour of the museum, which is best suited for their ages and interests.

Planetopia exhibit - Museum of Communication
Planetopia exhibit – Museum of Communication

In addition to the permanent collections, the Museum of Communication Bern has temporary exhibitions as well. Currently, there’s a Planetopia exhibit that explores the ecological crises in the world, including climate change and species extinction. This exhibit is available at the museum until July 2023, and at the moment there’s no information on what will come after it.

Activities for Smaller Kids

While there are plenty of activities and interactive exhibits for smaller kids at this museum, it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to appreciate the majority of its collection. The museum does offer a special tour for kids between the ages of four and eight, as well as a wide variety of interactive exhibits that will keep them occupied.

However, young children are unlikely to understand the majority of the exhibits at this museum, depending on their usual interests. If you’ve got a very curious child who enjoys learning, they might just have a great time at this museum. But if your little one prefers playing and running around, maybe spare them the exhibits on postage stamps and stagecoaches.

Time Needed to Explore the Museum

Bern Museum of Communication
Bern Museum of Communication

Plan to spend two-three hours at this museum if you want to discover all of its exhibits. You could do a speed run through the museum in about an hour and a half, but I would recommend allotting yourself more time so you can truly appreciate the different collections.

If you’re visiting the museum with children, you might want to plan even more time for this museum because there are many interactive stations that could keep them occupied for quite a while.

Is the Museum Worth Visiting?

If you are genuinely interested in the exhibits at this museum, it is absolutely worth visiting. The Museum of Communication provides a lot of insight into how communication between humans developed through the centuries. It is a very interesting museum with a unique collection, and without a doubt, worth your time if you want to discover something out of the ordinary.

Also, the tickets are pretty affordable, especially considering just how many exhibits there are at this museum and how much time you need to explore them all. You’ll spend 15 CHF to be entertained for hours, which is a pretty good deal for a major city in Switzerland.

Courtesy of Wikimedia for the image header.

Written by Ashley Faulkes
As a twenty-year resident of Switzerland, I am passionate about exploring every nook and cranny of this beautiful country, I spend my days deep in the great Swiss outdoors, and love to share these experiences and insights with fellow travel enthusiasts.

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