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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.

The same ticket allows you a free visit in the Musée d'histoire and in the Musée des beaux-arts. These 3 museums are not far away, about 50 meters. The ticket is valid for 3 consecutive days.

Audio guides (French, German, English, Italian and Spanish) are available to visitors free of charge. The audio application guide izi. TRAVEL from the Musée international d'horlogerie is available on iPhone, Android and Microsoft but also on the following web version


Events that are not to be missed

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

9th Watchmaking Heritage Days (BPH)

2 November 2019 

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.

 

Swiss Watchmaking Fair

3 November 2019
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.

Opening hours Today (Wednesday) open

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

Entry fee

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

The same ticket allows you a free visit in the Musée d'histoire and in the Musée des beaux-arts. These 3 museums are not far away, about 50 meters. The ticket is valid for 3 consecutive days.

The ticket also offers discounts by six partners : Musée paysan et artisanal  Maison blanche  Musée des beaux-arts du Locle  Musée d'horlogerie du Locle  Moulins souterrains du Col-des-Roches  Tourisme neuchâtelois - Montagnes (Small train and guided tour on schedule)

  • CHF 15.00 Adults
  • CHF 12.50 Students up to 25
  • CHF 7.50 Children 12 - 15.99 years old
  • CHF 12.50 Retirees
  • CHF 30.00 Families Parents and own children


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

Audioguides

Audio guides (French, German, English, Italian and Spanish) are available to visitors free of charge. The audio application guide izi. TRAVEL from the Musée international d'horlogerie is available on iPhone, Android and Microsoft but also on the following web version

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