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Paul Klee Museum

Take a trip to futuristic warehouses in a rustic green setting to see the inspiring works of a modernist artist.

The Paul Klee Museum, opened in 2005, holds a large proportion of the Swiss German painter’s works. Peruse fine examples of cubist, surrealist and expressionist works in the three warehouses, with wave-like shapes, that undulate along a pleasant green field. Italian architect Renzo Piano designed the modern buildings to flow with the hills of the natural landscape.

Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere in the wide-open green space in front of the exhibition warehouses. Walk along the paths and admire long stretches of green fields as stark contrast to the busy historic center of Bern. Marvel at the intriguing structure’s façade with its modernist use of glass and giant arched columns.

Look through the various collections of Paul Klee’s art. The museum holds around 40 percent of his entire work. Themes vary throughout the year, covering nature and many other topics. Note how the glass design of the structure allows sunlight to reach the artworks.

Take a guided tour of the collection to learn about the technical and contextual information behind each painting. Take the kids to the children’s activity area in the basement, where they can learn to paint. Go for a break at the site’s café. Browse through the bookstore to find guides on paintings and important artists.

Paul Klee died in 1940 at the age of 61 after creating thousands of pieces of art. His daughter-in-law donated almost 690 works of art from her inheritance to the museum.

There is an admission fee for the museum, which is closed on Mondays. Otherwise, it is open daily from morning to afternoon.

Many modes of transportation will take you to the Paul Klee Museum, which is 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) east of the city center. Several parks and a large cemetery surround the site. Take a 15-minute bus ride from the Old Town to the museum. There is also ample parking at the site.


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