Einstein Haus

The European Physical Society [EPS] and the American Physical Society [APS] inaugurated the Einstein House as the first joint EPS-APS Historic site on 14 September 2015. The plaque was unveiled in the presence of H. R. Ott, President of the Albert Einstein Society, C. Rossel, President of EPS, M. Q. Tran, President of the Swiss Physical Society [SPS], A. Tschäppät, the Mayor of Bern and S. Aronson, President of the APS. Many other dignitaries were present including L. Cifarelli, President of the Italian Physical Society (SIF) and E. Krubasik, President of the German Physical Society [DPG].

A plaque was placed in a ceremony on the third floor on September 14, 2015*. (EPS/APS Historic Sites Award).


Appartment at the second floor

The flat on the second floor of Kramgasse No. 49 was rented by Einstein from 1903 to 1905. It has been restored in the style of that period to reflect Einstein's crucial years in Bern. The flat is open to the public. From the main train station you get to Kramgasse No. 49, if you take the direction of "Bärengraben," walking under the right-hand arcade.

With regard to the anniversary of 2005, the Einstein House has been renovated gently for the first time after 26 years. With the support of sponsors and partners it has also been possible to rearrange the exhibition. It aims at giving information and addressing the visitors emotionally: How did Einstein live and in which environment were his most important papers created?

The entrance has been renovated as well as the stairway, which welcomes the visitors with an illustration of the Milky Way.

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Living Environmenrt of Einstein and his Wife Mileva and Son Hans Albert

The old spiral staircase to the second floor has been left in its original state; one can very well imagine how Einstein walked up and down these stairs daily. The living conditions of Einstein and his wife Mileva with their son Hans Albert are shown more accurately in the apartment on the second floor with furniture from that time as well as pictures and texts presented with the help of modern exhibition systems.

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With the additional inclusion of the third floor, there is space for the presentation of Einstein’s biography and his life’s work. Here, different exhibitions related to his work are planned. Various kinds of publications, books, and postcards are offered for sale. In addition, a 20-minute video introduces his life, thoughts and work.