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Natural History Museum Neuchâtel

A museum to win over younger and older naturalists alike

The Natural History Museum is located in the heart of the city of Neuchâtel and deals with geology, zoology, botany and the formation and history of our earth. With an exciting permanent exhibition and interesting temporary exhibitions, it awakens interest in natural research in its visitors and conveys scientifically sound facts in an entertaining way. An adventurous journey back in time, especially for children.


111 Windows on Nature (Dioramas)

The dioramas take you on a journey into the local animal world. The precise posture of the animals, the lifelike reproduction of their habitats and the rendition of bird calls, enable you to take a voyage of discovery into the natural world of the canton of Neuchâtel.

The Cabinet of Curiosities

With around 60 objects, the Cabinet of Curiosities illustrates the methods used to imitate the living and to preserve and conserve the exhibits. The aim is to inform visitors about the professions practised in the museum and thus also to question the origins as well as the future of the museum.

Insect Hall

They are enemies or allies of the gardener, stowaways, intruders, pollinators.... Insects can take on many roles. They make up more than 80% of all known animal species and are found in numerous habitats. Small or large, beautiful or fearsome, the insects on display in this room provide a better understanding of their ecosystems.

Geology room

Discover 4.5 billion years of Earth's history through a unique collection of fossils and minerals.

Opening hours Today (Sunday) open

Mon         closed
Tue–Sun  10.00–18.00 hours

Closed at 2 p.m. on 24 and 31 December
Closed on 25 December and 1 January


Free admission to the museum

On Wednesday, admission to the museum is free.

Entry to Natural History Museum

  • 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


The museum offers exciting and educational exhibitions as well as other amenities to make your visit as enjoyable as possible:

  • Suitable for pushchairs and people with reduced mobility.
  • Children welcome: changing table and high chair in the Café.
  • Café de la baleine: drinks and snacks.
  • In the centre of Neuchâtel, shops and restaurants nearby.

How to get there

Travel by train to Neuchâtel. From the station, you can reach the Natural History Museum in a few minutes on foot.

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