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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. 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 Archaeological Park is located directly on the lake and is an ideal place to take a walk. Besides the faithful replicas of stilt houses, a hunter's camp and a barge, you will get an insight into the ecosystems of the different eras.

If the weather is good, it is recommended to take the train to St-Blaise-Lac. From there, a 20-minute walk along the lakeshore leads to the Laténium.

Opening hours Today (Thursday) open

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

Free admission to the museum

Free admission on the first Sunday of the month.

Laténium admission prices

  • CHF 12.00 Adults
  • CHF 4.00 Students, seniors, unemployed
  • free of charge Children up to 15.99 years

Reduced prices for groups of 10 or more people.

Prices incl. VAT / Prices subject to alteration.

How to get there

Travel comfortably by train to Neuchâtel.

Fun'ambule and bus

From the train station, take the cable car (Fun'ambule) to the university and then the bus line 101 in the direction of Marin to the "Laténium" stop.

On foot

Continue to St-Blaise-Lac and then walk for 20 minutes along the lakeshore to the Laténium.

Notes

Audio guide

Would you like to be guided through the permanent exhibition? Then hire an audio guide (CHF 5.00). In less than an hour you will be told 50,000 years of history!

Free guided tour

On the first Sunday of every month at 11.00 a.m. there is a free guided tour of a special exhibit in the museum or park.

Book guided tours by appointment

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

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