2020 Agenda of the amisMIH


August 2nd 2020, 10:30 - 12:00

  • RUNDGANG AMISMIH - The Association for Friends of the Musée international d'horlogerie (amisMIH) offers a free guided tour to those who are interested in discovering the treasures of the MIH. This tour is included in entry to the museum (free from October to March; fee applies from April to September).


August 29th, 2020

  • Traditional walk A pas contés - This year our French friends organize this walk in Morteau.  See the program --> (2.7 MB)

2020 Agenda of the MIH






  • MAN AND TIME - The exhibition takes you on a captivating journey through time. Unique in its architectural and museographic design, the Musée international d'horlogerie houses the world's greatest collection devoted to the measurement of time. From sun dials to atomic clocks through pendulums, clocks, watches, automata, machines as well as tools from the 16th century to the present day, the exhibition unveils mysteries of time and retells the technical, artistic, social, economic and cultural history of watchmaking in Switzerland and around the world in a very vivid and didactic manner, spanning over 2000 m2.


  • TO THE NEAREST FEMTOSECOND !Dive into the infinitely accurate! The search for precision has been a catalyst for the development and the innovations in the watchmaking field since the 16th century. From World War II, such precision has moved from watchmakers and astronomers to scientists: time is now defined through observation of physical phenomena and not through astronomical observation anymore. The femtosecond – equivalent to 10-15 – (or a quadrillionth) of a second is the most precise fraction of a second ever measured. Such a degree of precision is imperceptible to human beings, but has nevertheless become necessary to daily life organisation: geo-tracking, transportation, telecommunications have become efficient thanks to this extreme precision.





From 20 March 2020 to 28 February 2021

  • NEW ACQUISITIONS IN 2019Our collection is able to grow regularly thanks to donations and purchases. Every year, the International Watchmaking Museum acknowledges the generosity of its donors with a 12-month exhibition of new acquisitions from the previous year.



From 30 June 2020 to 30 August 2020

  • WATCH PHOTO AWARDS (WPA): The flash sommer exposition - Le WPA est le premier concours international de photographie horlogère, annuel, ouvert aux amatrices et aux amateurs de belles montres du monde entier. Cette initiative de GMT Publishing récompense chaque printemps et été depuis 2018 les meilleures photos de montres sur un thème mensuel donné, répondant à des critères de créativité, de technicité ou de localisation – une couleur, un concept, un endroit, une manifestation, etc.Les 60 photos sélectionnées de l’édition 2019 ont précédemment fait l’objet d’expositions au Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève, à Baselworld, à Miami Watches & Wonders, ou encore à la Dubaï Watch Week. Le MIH encourage le public à venir relever le défi du WPA 2020, actuellement en cours (www.watch-photo-awards.com), dans le cadre original et atypique du musée. Les photos effectuées avec des téléphones portables sont les bienvenues !


From 14 November 2020 to 7 Novembre 2021

  • TRANSMISSIONS. REGARDS SUR UN PATRIMOINE VIVANT In the context of the potential inclusion of the Craftsmanship of Mechanical Watchmaking and Art Mechanics on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, contemporary photographers share their views on how watchmaking expertise has been built and shared within the French-Swiss Jura Arc. This exhibition has been created in collaboration with the Besançon Museum of Time.





September 12th, 2020, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

  • EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS – MECHANISM OF BELL-TOWERS AND LONG-CASE CLOCKS - On this day dedicated to verticality, come and climb one of the town's bell towers to discover one of the canton's last mechanical clocks. Follow the explanations given by the watchmakers of the Restoration Centre of the International Museum of Horology who are responsible for the maintenance and time-setting of this endangered technical heritage. Complete your discovery of watchmaking with a targeted visit to the exhibition at the International Museum of Horology, dedicated to the imposing and sometimes sumptuous grandfather or long-case clocks, also known as « longue-lignes » in the Neuchâtel jargon. Learn how fashions, mechanisms and watchmaking-complications shaped the form and the reputation of a famous clock. 


- from 2 pm to 4 pm - visits to the bell tower of the Bibliothèque de la Ville, rue du Progres 33 (duration 20 minutes)

- at 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm - thematic visits to the International Museum of Horology, rue des Musées 29

Provide adequate equipment to access the bell tower.

By registration only! mih@ne.ch or phone: 032 967 68 61


Septembre 17th 2020, 6:30 pm

  • PRIX GAÏA - Now in its 26th year, this award ceremony recognises one or more figures whose work has advanced the reputation of horology in the fields of research, craftsmanship and industry.


September 22nd 2020, (Meet at 12:15 pm at the MIH)

  • MIH GETAWAYS - The museum is offering themed tours outside its walls to mark the change of the seasons. Esphor - The Espacité Tower clock. Equipped with a 25-metre-long balance and a unique mechanical device, the clock in the Espacité Tower will unveil its secrets to you in this tour guided by our master watchmakers


October 24th 2020, Meet at 11:00 pm in front of Esphor - the Espacité Tower clock

  • WINDING THE TURRET CLOCKS - Changing the Clocks. Don't miss one of the last chances to change the town's clocks! Soon, our years may no longer punctuated by the traditional seasonal changing of the hour. Come and follow our two master clockmakers on one of their last night-time rounds. Suitable outdoor clothes and footwear required (steps to climb). Call +41 32 967 68 61 to book.


November 1st 2020, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • 44TH SWISS HOROLOGY FAIR - Around fifty watch and clock traders, antique dealers and collectors will be selling watches, clocks, tools, books and miscellaneous horological objects.


November 13th and 14th (Besançon and La Chaux-de-Fonds)

  • GRAND OPENING OF THE TEMPORARY EXHIBITION "Transmissions. Regards sur un patrimoine vivant" 

December 21st 2020, Meet at 12:15 pm in the Rue du Progrès 68 MIH

  • GETAWAYS - The museum is offering themed tours outside its walls to mark the change of the seasons. " The Forgotten Workshop " This mechanical workshop was recently rediscovered and is laid out almost exactly as it was originally. Accompanied by a guide, you can explore the nooks and crannies of this tiny "forgotten workshop" and discover the machines and tools used by the different generations who owned it. Call +41 32 967 68 61 to book. Places are limited.