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Albert Einstein Society in Bern, Switzerland:
"The Special Theory of Relativity has their origin in Kramgasse 49 in Bern ..."
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ALBERT EINSTEIN SOCIETY in Bern
The Albert Einstein Society was founded in 1977 in Bern to publicize Einstein’s life and work during his years in Switzerland and especially in Bern.
Apart from scientific aims such as the promotion of scientific insights of the world view established by Einstein the Albert Einstein Society also has cultural aims such as collecting documents which are connected with Albert Einstein’s work, analyse them and make them available to the public by a documentation and information authority.
Persons who have rendered outstanding services in connection with Albert Einstein are furthermore awarded an Einstein medal by the Albert Einstein Society every year. The first person to receive the Albert Einstein medal was the British astrophysicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking in 1979.
To remind of Einstein and his scientific performance as true-to-life as possible it is another wish of the Albert Einstein Society to maintain his former flat in Kramgasse 49 in Bern (“Einstein House”) and make it available to the general public. The “Einstein House” which was opened to Einstein’s 100th birthday on March 14 in 1979 is visited by approximately 10,000 guests every year.
The second floor in which is Einstein’s former flat can be reached over steep stairs. In the style of the beginning 20th century photos, copies of Einstein manuscripts and interesting documents are hanging on the walls of the rooms. Apart from some other exhibits Einstein’s desk of the Patent Office in Bern is to be seen. Also a guest book lies there ready for the visitors. Albert Einstein would surely have appreciated this memorial, as it renounces any aspect of personal cult.
The flat of Albert Einstein in Kramgasse 49 was adapted even better to the original state because of the Einstein year - 100 years special theory of relativity – by a soft makeover in connection with original pieces of furniture in 2005. The additional inclusion of the third floor into the exhibition makes it possible to introduce life and work of Albert Einstein to the visitors also with audio-visual means.
Information for visitors of the "Einstein House":
Address: Haus zum Untern Juker, Kramgasse 49, CH-3000 Bern 8
You will find the "Einstein House" at 49, Kramgasse in the centre of the old town of Bern very close to the well-known town-gate "Zytglogge".
Please inquire the current opening hours from the Albert Einstein Society.
It is worth-while visiting!
Albert Einstein Society
Einstein in Kramgasse 49
Apart from the flat in Kramgasse 49 there are today two more preserved residences where Albert Einstein has lived and worked.
One is his former summer house in Caputh where he spent nice years, perhaps apart from the years in Bern the most beautiful in his life.
Another is in Princeton, New Jersey (USA) where Einstein lived in his house in Mercer Street 112 from August 1935 until his death. This house isn’t available to the public because Albert Einstein didn’t wanted it to be a museum after his death.
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