Berne's Museums at Night 2015

The UPU, guest organization

For the first time ever, the Universal Postal Union will be a guest organization of Berne's lively Museums at Night on Friday 20 March 2015, from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Known at the Weltpostverein to inhabitants of the Swiss capital, the UPU has been a part of Berne's landscape since 1874.

Visitors are invited to find out more about the only United Nations specialized agency located in Berne and discover what lies behind the walls of this intergovernmental organization with its own tram stop.

Visitors will learn how the UPU's 192 member countries set the rules for the international exchange of mail around the world and how postal services are modernizing to meet new market demands.

Artwork and stamps

They will also have an opportunity to see many pieces of artwork from its vast collection gathered over the years from the gifts given by its member countries.

Tapisteries, vases, paintaings, sculptures, murals and other objects will be on display - a testimony to the multinational and multicultural character of the organization.

A selection of some of the UPU's most interesting stamps part of its huge collection of about 180,000 items will also be on display, including the first stamp ever produced in the world, the Penny Black, an early Swiss stamp showing Helvetia sitting,an early Chinese stamp showing the dragon, and more modern stamps produced using the most innovative techniques.

Films carrying a postal theme will be featured, and there will be activities and contests for young and old.

The UPU restaurant will be open until 2 a.m.

Come visit us! 

Museums at Night tickets on sale at the UPU reception.

For more information, see the Museums at Night website (in German only).






PostAuto transport provided

Museums at Night visitors will be able to drop by the UPU by using the normal tram 8, which stops at the UPU (Weltpostverein), or one of three PostAutos generously being provided by the Swiss Post to bring visitors from Berne's centre (Casinoplatz) to the UPU until 2 a.m. Special thanks to the Swiss Post for their support!

The PostAuto, a familiar sight in Switzerland