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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. 

The Museum of Art and History, and the Chateau de Nyon are presenting the national ceramics exhibition of Swissceramics (Swiss Ceramics Association) at their respective locations until 5 March 2023. On display will be the result of a competition judged by an international jury on the theme “Melting Pot – from the alchemical melting pot.” The term “melting pot” refers both to a space in which people of a wide variety of origins meet and a vessel in which alchemists or ceramists mix different materials.

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 (Sunday) open

Museum opening hours

Mon           closed
Tue–Sun    11.00–18.00 hours

Open on Easter Monday and Whit Monday

Closed on 24, 25 and 31 December and  on 1st January


Subject to change without prior notice


Admission fee

  • CHF 8.00 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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