Le Locle

Switzerland



Address:
Château des Monts, route des Monts 65
Le Locle
CH-2400
Phone: + 41 (0) 32 931 16 80
Fax: + 41 (0) 32 931 16 70
Website: www.mhl-monts.ch

Musée D'Horlogerie Du Locle

The canton of Neuchâtel boasts two of the world's major museums dealing with time measurement: the Musée international d'horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds and the Musée d'horlogerie at the Château des Monts in Le Locle.

Only a few kilometers apart, both can be visited in a single day. Indeed, jointly the two venues feature one of the greatest and most comprehensive collection of watches and time measurement instruments.


 Permanent Collection Highlights (1)

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Permanent Collection

Standing proudly on the heights overlooking the town, Le Locle's museum
first welcomes visitors to a park enhanced by sculptures and various
instruments belonging to the exhibition itself. This lovely setting and the
late 18th-century main building put its collections to their best advantage.
The original magnificence of the lordly mansion's interior has been
preserved to a great extend, with some of the objects actually being part of
its furnishings, giving visitors a feel of life in former times.

Automatic wristwatches, Neuchâtel pendulum clocks and locally produced pieces form the core of this museum's exhibition. Highlights are the Sandoz
Collection automatons shown on the main building's second floor, several magnificent grandfather clocks, and a clepsydra (water clock) mounted on an
elephant.




Cost

Adults: CHF 7.00, 5.00 €
Seniors: CHF 5.00, 4.30 €
Students and people between age 10 and 25: CHF 4.00, 2.90 €
Children under 10: free
Family (parents and children): CHF 17.00, 12.00 €

Groups of over 10 people have special rates, please see website for details.


Opening hours

November to April: Open Tuesday to Sunday 2:00pm to 5:00pm
May to October: Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Open holiday Mondays.
Closed 25 December and 1 January.
Groups may make reservations to visit outside of the open hours.




Facilities

The Museum has a bookshop and a library comprising 2000 titles about clock making.


Museum internal and external photos (1)

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