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Espace Rousseau Neuchâtel

In the footsteps of the celebrated writer and philosopher

The Espace Rousseau Neuchâtel takes visitors on a journey through the life and work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, one of the greatest thinkers and writers of the 18th century. Bringing together new technologies and original archive material, the exhibition provides a better understanding of the writer’s life and his influence up to the present day. The Espace Rousseau includes original manuscripts, portraits and even a herbarium.

Visitors can also discover pieces of music composed by the writer.

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Opening hours Today (Monday) open

The offer is available all year round.

Mon–Fri    09.00–19.00 hours
Sat            09.00–17.00 hours

Wed/Sat   14.00–17.00 hours or on request.

Closed on 25/26 December and 1/2 January

Subject to change without prior notice


Free entry


Both the main exhibition texts and the film are available in French, German and English. The accompanying brochure, also produced in those three languages, can be taken away by visitors as a souvenir of their time in Neuchâtel.

Languages: FR, DE, EN

Acknowledged as being of worldwide importance, the Jean-Jacques Rousseau archives have been listed since 2011 in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register and are now being conserved for the benefit of mankind.

How to get there

Travel by train to Neuchâtel. Continue by bus no. 107 or 109 to the "St-Honoré" stop or by foot in about 12 minutes to the public library of the University of Neuchâtel.

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