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Art and History Museum Neuchâtel

A treat for the eyes and a mirror on the world

The Neuchâtel Museum of Art and History is located on the elegant lakeside promenade right next to the Neuchâtel harbour. It is a place of pleasure, beauty and reflection, combining visual stimuli with a mission to better understand the world around us.

To mark its new permanent exhibition, the Museum of Art and History brings its collections into a dialogue from the perspective of movement. The tour highlights mobility in an innovative and interdisciplinary way, incorporating various unanswered questions, memories, stories and destinies.

You can travel comfortably to Neuchâtel by train. To get to the museum, you can take the bus or walk the short distance through the historic old town. 

Temporary exhibitions

Léopold and Aurèle Robert

from 13 May to 12 November 2023

The Neuchâtel Museum of Art and History and the La Chaux-de-Fonds Museum of Art are jointly presenting a monographic exhibition at two locations dedicated to Léopold Robert and his brother Aurèle Robert (1805-1871). The exhibition examines the role of Aurèle, on the one hand as a «disseminator» of Léopold's work, and on the other as an artist in his own right. The exhibition focuses on Léopold Robert's unfinished cycle Saisons, as well as works from the two institutions and some remarkable loans. The exhibition in Neuchâtel focuses on «Summer» and «Winter». Following on from these masterpieces, it looks at other themes such as the production and distribution of the works or the concept of ideal beauty.

Highlights

The beautifully situated museum is not only pleasing to the eye, but also thought-provoking. It presents the artistic and historical heritage in a permanent exhibition with selected collections (sculptural art, applied art, history, coins), in an exhibition on the thousand-year history of the town of Neuchâtel, and in temporary exhibitions.

Don’t miss

  • the paintings by Pierre-Eugène Bouvier,
  • the watch collections by Ferdinand Berthoud and Abraham-Louis Breguet, and
  • the famous automata by Pierre Jaquet-Droz dating from 1774. These androids represent a writer, a draughtsman and a musician and are still put into operation on the first Sunday of every month and on request. Marvel at the precision with which the automata were made using the means available at the time.

Opening hours Today (Tuesday) open

Museum opening hours

Mon           closed
Tue–Sun    11.00–18.00 hours

Open on Easter Monday and Whit Monday

Closed on 23, 24 and 31 December and  on 1st January

 

Subject to change without prior notice

Price

Admission fee

  • CHF 12.00 Adults
  • CHF 4.00 Students, apprentices, retirees, recipients of invalidity pension
  • Free of charge Children up to the age of 15.99

Free entry on Wednesdays.

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

How to get there

Travel comfortably by train to Neuchâtel. The Neuchâtel Museum of Art History is about 13 minutes' walk from the station. Shorten the walk with a trip on the Fun’ambule funicular railway.

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