Collection of Classical Antiquities
Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften

Collection of Classical Antiquities: where Aphrodite admires Cleopatra’s nose!

The most famous sculptures of Greek and Roman Antiquity are on display here as faithful plaster casts: Aphrodite born out of the sea spray, the Trojan priest Laocoon wrestling with serpents, beautiful Cleopatra, mighty Caesar. Altogether, the collection of Classical Antiquities Berne houses 230 reproductions of original sculptures.

The collection of antiquities was founded in 1806 when the City of Berne acquired the sculptures for educational use in drawing classes. Later these plaster casts got forgotten. The real charm of the reproductions has only recently come to be acknowledged. Nowadays they are exhibited and work as a display window of the bernese Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften.

The special experience of facing the ancient goddesses and heroes eye to eye is heightened/enriched by a fine collection of small original artefacts dating back to classical antiquity.

Visitor information

Opening hours
Wed 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Other times by arrangement


  • From railway station
    Bus 12
    to university

  • Alternative entrance on Hallerstrasse 8; no disabled WC

  • Footpath, 10 mins from the station