Knowledge & culture

International Watch Museum La Chaux-de-Fonds

A fascinating journey through time

The International Watch Museum (MIH) is characterised by a unique architectural and museographic concept and exhibits a significant collection dedicated to everything to do with horology. The exhibition of new acquisitions, the monumental carillon clock, the restoration room for antique clocks and the wall frescos by Hans Erni are just a few of the museum’s abundance of hidden treasures. The Swiss Watchmaking Fair, which always takes place on the first Sunday in November, is another of the museum's highlights.

Opening hours Today (Tuesday) open

The attraction is open all year

Mon         closed
Tue–Sun  10.00–17.00 hours

The museum is closed on 24, 25 and 31 December and 1 January.
Open on Easter Monday and Whit Monday

Subject to change without prior notice

Rates

Entry prices for the International Watch Museum

  • CHF 15.00 Adults
  • CHF 7.50 Young people (aged 12 to 15.99)
  • CHF 12.50 Students, retirees, recipients of invalidity pension
  • free of charge Children up to the age of 11.99
  • CHF 30.00 Families

3-day tickets to 3 museums (MBA/MIH/MH)

  • CHF 15.00 Standard rate
  • CHF 12.50 Reduced rate
  • CHF 30.00 Families
  • CHF 7.50 Children aged 12 to 16
  • free of charge Children up to the age of 12


Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration.

Notes

Temporary exhibitions

From 15 March 2018 to 28 February 2019: new acquisitions 2017

There are regular additions to the museum’s collection as a result of gifts and purchases. Every year, the Musée international d’horlogerie (the “MIH” or “International Museum of Horology”) aims to thank its generous donors by displaying, for a period of 12 months, its new acquisitions from the preceding year.

Audio guides are available free of charge or can be downloaded at izi.TRAVEL.

Guided tours

Guided tours are available subject to advance booking (groups and private individuals) in French, German, English, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Dutch. Rates CHF 110.00 per guide, max. 20 people per group.

For children

Treasure hunt

A treasure hunt allows children to learn about the museum through play. By taking part in the hunt, specially designed for young visitors, children are encouraged to wander around the whole museum looking for items as diverse as a sword, a boat, a dragon, or even Minnie and Snowy. Every year, a draw takes place with prizes issued to the winners.
Language: French, German and English

Workshops and birthday parties

Play-based and educational workshops for a different way of encountering the museum! Why not come and build an object related to time or timekeeping and discover similar items in the museum’s collections?

Events that are not to be missed

3 November 2018: 8th Watchmaking Heritage Days (BPH)

An exceptional opportunity to visit the craftspeople and companies involved in the design and manufacture of “Swiss-made” watches. Visitors can also benefit from the chance to explore museums and other places in the towns of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle, both of which were listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2009 for their urban landscapes associated with the watchmaking industry.

4 November 2018: Swiss Watchmaking Fair

This event, organised by the MIH at La Chaux-de-Fonds, pays homage to what are a great source of both Swiss and, in particular, local pride: the region’s famous clocks and watches. Visitors include connoisseurs of watchmaking, clock and watch dealers, antique specialists, and collectors. The programme includes opportunities to purchase and sell items and to interact and discuss with experts in the field.

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