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Psychiatrie-Museum

From madhouse to modern clinic. The days when people were thought to be possessed by the devil are long gone. But the exhibition in the Psychiatrie-Museum gives a particularly instructive vision of the progress made in this field. It is certainly
impressive. A visit takes us from the mediæval days to the construction of
the «madhouse» in 1749. The Foundation of the Waldau Lunatic, Treatment and
Nursing Institution was another stage on the path to the present university clinic.
The idea of the museum stems from the Psychiatrist, Walter Morgenthaler. In 1914
he discovered the talent of the Waldau artist Adolf Wölfli and inspired further study of the «Art of the mentally ill». Morgenthaler realised how important the objects in the clinic archives in fact are. The pioneer of psychiatry was instrumental in ensuring that the museum can today draw on its own stock of exhibits for its temporary displays.

This museum greets you in the following languages: D
Opening 1993

Mandala, Ernst Bollin
Mandala, Ernst Bollin
Fragment Decke, Adolf Wölfli
Fragment Decke, Adolf Wölfli
Psychiatrie-Museum im Pfrundhaus
Psychiatrie-Museum im Pfrundhaus

Current exhibitions

«Fragmente» - Deckenmalerei aus dem Zimmer von Adolf Wölfli

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Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930), in Bowil im Emmenthal geboren, Verdingbub im
Schangnau, Internierung in der Waldau nach Notzuchtversuch mit der Diagnose
Schizophrenie. Beginnt 1899 mit Zeichnen, erste erhaltene Werke von 1904. Hinterliess
ein umfangreiches Werk von 25’000 Blättern, eine illustrierte Autobiographie,
geographische und algebraische Blätter, Musik- und Zahlenbilder,
Lieder, Tänze, Märsche. Der Nachlass befindet sich in der Wölfli-Stiftung im
Kunstmuseum Bern.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/E
«Fragmente» - Deckenmalerei aus dem Zimmer von Adolf Wölfli
  • Thematic cultural asset
    Thematic cultural asset
  • History
    History
  • Art
    Art

Location of the museum

Bolligenstrasse 127
3000 Bern

Location/directions

Bern-Ostermundigen, Universitäre Psychiatrische Dienste Bern (Waldau), «Pfründerhaus»

Open

Mi-Fr 14-17
Sa nach Vereinbarung

Admission

Erwachsene: CHF 10.-
Schüler: CHF 5.-
Führungen: CHF 80.-
Schulklassen: CHF 60.-

Contact

Psychiatrie-Museum
UPD Bern
Bolligenstrasse 111
3000 Bern
031 930 97 56 Telephone (Museum, Büro)
031 930 96 22 Telephone (Museum, Kasse)
031 560 45 35 Fax (Museum)
info@psychiatrie-museum.ch
http://www.psychiatrie-museum.ch
  • Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
    Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
  • Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
    Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
  • Parking
    Parking
  • Cafeteria
    Cafeteria
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Shop
    Shop
  • Completely wheelchair accessible
    Completely wheelchair accessible
  • Very good accessibility with public transport
    Very good accessibility with public transport