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Laténium – Archaeology park and museum in Neuchâtel

Immerse yourself in times long ago

Located in the middle of an idyllic park on the shore of Lake Neuchâtel, the Laténium is the biggest archaeology museum in Switzerland. “Yesterday… Between the Mediterranean and the North Sea” – 500 centuries of local history in the heart of Europe: this is the theme of the permanent exhibition at the Laténium. It takes visitors through 50,000 years of history using fun and interactive aids.

The Laténium’s museum and archaeology park stretch for over 30,000 m2. The museum’s permanent exhibition displays 50,000 years of history from Neanderthal times to the present day. Orientation marks, listening experiences, models and factual and easy to understand texts inspire visitors again and again to continue on their voyage of discovery without losing their excitement. The tours also stop off at mini laboratories where you can familiarise yourself with the work of archaeologists as well as play educational games for children and use video screens and interactive terminals. The Laténium is a winner of the Council of Europe’s Museum Prize. 
The freely accessible Laténium archaeology park is an ideal place to take a walk and recounts the history of the relationships between our ancestors and their surroundings since the end of the ice age.

«Bear», the new exhibition at the Laténium archaeology museum

30 March 2018 to 6 January 2019

Whether the still surviving brown variety or the extinct «cave bear» species, the bear is emblematic of prehistoric times. Set off on a journey to discover this creature – feared and admired since time immemorial – via the artworks of the Palaeolithic hunters.

Temporary exhibitions

Émotions patrimoniales

19 May 2019 - 5 january 2020

The tempory exhibit is available in French and German only

Opening hours Today (Wednesday) open

The attraction is open all year.

Museum

Mon         closed
Tue–Sun  10.00–17.00 hours

Open on Easter Monday and Whit Monday
The Laténium is closed on 25 December and 1 January.

Archaeology park

Free access

Subject to change without prior notice.

Rates

Laténium admission prices

  • CHF 9.00 Adults
  • CHF 5.00 Concessions*
  • CHF 4.00 Children aged 7–15.99
  • CHF 20.00 Parents with child(ren)

* Students, apprentices, unemployed persons retirees, recipients of invalidity pension/unemployment insurance benefits

Reduced prices for groups of 10 or more people. Free admission on the first Sunday of the month.

Prices incl. VAT / Prices subject to alteration.

Notes

Book guided tours

Themed workshops and educational activities for school classes and groups are available upon request.

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