When Thomas Jefferson became the third U.S. President, Barry was born

Arguably the most famous rescue dog in the world was born on Switzerland’s Great St. Bernard Pass in 1800. This truly exceptional St. Bernard dog named Barry died 200 years ago. Barry is finally being honored by a permanent exhibition at the Museum of Natural History in Bern.

Barry’s taxidermied body has been on exhibit at the Naturhistorisches Museum Bern (Museum of Natural History in Bern) since shortly after his death. He was well positioned in the entrance hall and visitors could even touch him at first.

A new exhibition opening on June 11, 2014, pays tribute to Barry and explores the heroic deeds attributed to this extraordinary St. Bernard from the Great St. Bernard Pass. Some of the stories surrounding Barry are myths, while some are factual. The exhibition tells the whole truth.
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Barry rescued the lives of over 40 people during his life.

Barry rescued the lives of over 40 people during his life.



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