2018 Agenda of the amisMIH


February 4th 2018, 10:30 am

  • Visit free of charge: The Association of des amisMIH offers one guided visit of the Musée international d’horlogerie, on Sunday, February 4th  2018 at 10:30. The service of the guide and the entrance are free of charge.


March 14th 2018, 6:00 pm

  • The General Assembly of the Association des amisMIH


August 25th 2018

  • "A pas contés" - The traditional outing for friends of the region's horology museums: friends of MIH, Le Locle Watchmaking Museum and the Watch Museum in Villers-le-Lac.






2017 - 2018 Agenda of the MIH


permanent exhibition

  • 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.


From March 10th 2017 to February 28th 2018

  • DONATIONS & PURCHASES 2016 - temporary exhibition. More... Our collection is able to grow regularly thanks to donations and purchases. Every year, the Musée international d'horlogerie acknowledges the generosity of its donors with a 12-month exhibition of new acquisitions.


7 February, 12:15 - 12:45

  • ON THE STROKE OF MIDDAY! - Man and Time space Clepsydras, sun dials, hourglasses… discover ways of measuring time without looking at your watch! 


7 March, 12:15 - 12:45

  • ON THE STROKE OF MIDDAY! - Sky and Earth spaces, Astronomical clocks, planetariums and other observation instruments allow human beings to follow celestial and cyclical phenomena. Earth appears on mechanical clocks, whose dials subdivide time in periods of twelve or twenty-four hours.


14 March, 18:30

  • NEW ACQUISITIONS 2017 - An event which is organised jointly with the amisMIH following their General Assembly, donations and purchases from the year 2017 are presented. 


from 15th March 2018 to 28th February 2019

  • NEW ACQUISITIONS 2017 temporary exhibition - The collection keeps growing thanks to donations and purchases. Each year, the Musée international d'horlogerie specially thanks generous donators by displaying the new acquisitions of the year before during a period of twelve months. 


4 April, 12:15 - 12:45

  • ON THE STROKE OF MIDDAY! Day - Hour and Second spaces. The day coming after the night is the recurring event that is the most readily noticeable. Clocks mechanically divide the day into periods thanks to the swinging of a foliot, then a pendulum. First alone on the dial, the hour hand is accompanied by the minute hand, then the second hand for further precision.


28 April – 6 May

  • A FORTNIGHT OF INDUSTRIAL PATRIMONY - For this fortnight dedicated to Industrial patrimony, the MIH will propose guided tours of the current exhibitions and of a mechanics workshop dating back to the first half of the 20th century. Programme to follow.


2 May, 12:15 -12:45 

  • ON THE STROKE OF MIDDAY! - Automata space. Mechanical watchmaking is represented by several demonstration instruments: magicians, singing birds and pocket automata entertain the Kings as much as the audience.


12 May, 18:00 – 24:00          

  • NIGHT OF THE MUSEUMS IN THE CANTON OF NEUCHÂTEL - The MIH team will prepare a festive and amusing night with several surprises and novel guided tours of the collection. Programme to follow.


13 May, 10:00 – 17:00

  • INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY - A day dedicated to families. The museum team will prepare numerous surprises and novel guided tours of the collection. Programme to follow.


6 June, 12:15 - 12:45

  • ON THE STROKE OF MIDDAY! - Clock space. Watchmaking is international. The most famous clocks of this section are grouped according to their origin with a particular emphasis on the Neuchâtel clock. 


7 June, 18:00          

  • TO THE NEAREST FEMTOSECOND! - The MIH will inaugurate a new permanent exhibition space dedicated to atomic clocks and the quest of extreme precision. 


from 8th June

  • 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 26th June to 26th August 2018

  • 3 CITIES, 3 MUSEUMS, 3 RESTORED MASTERPIECES - temporary exhibition. Initiated by the "Automates & Merveilles" Association, this itinerant exhibition displays the results of a restoration programme concerning three prestigious objects, crafted by Neuchâtel watchmakers included in three great watchmaking collections in the canton of Neuchâtel. These restored pieces are François Ducommun's planetarium from the MIH, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Pierre Jacquet-Droz's clock with singing bird from the Musée d'horlogerie in Le Locle, Château des Monts, and Albert Billeter's astronomical clock from the Musée d'art et d'histoire in Neuchâtel.  


 4 July, 12:15 - 12:45

  • ON THE STROKE OF MIDDAY! - 3 cities, 3 museums, 3 restored masterpieces. Craftspeople present recently restored pieces thanks to the support of the "Automates et Merveilles" Association, such as François Ducommun's great planetarium. 


5 September, 12:15 - 12:45

  • ON THE STROKE OF MIDDAY! - Style space. Overview of the evolution of the appearance of timepieces, fashions, design and their various uses.


20 September, 18:30

  • GAÏA PRIZE - Each year at the autumnal equinox is awarded this distinction to one or several personalities, whose works have contributed to the watchmaking fame in the fields of research, craftsmanship and industry. 


3 October, 12:15 - 12:45

  • ON THE STROKE OF MIDDAY! - Machine, Hand and Power space. From the first engines to great industrial structures of production, mass watchmaking has developed in companies. Craftspeople still remain, however. Tooling is rudimentary, but the know-how is immense. Whether military, economic or social, is power in the hands of those who master time?


3 November, 10:00 – 17:00

  • 8TH BIENNIAL OF WATCHMAKING HERITAGE - This is a rare occasion to visit manufacturers and watchmaking companies, and also an opportunity to immerse in the watchmaking past through the MIH collection. Programme to follow.


4 November, 10:00 - 16:30

  • 42ND SWISS WATCHMAKING FAIR - Around fifty watchmaker- tradesmen, antique dealers and collectors will offer for sale watches, clocks, tools, books and various objects related to watchmaking. 


7 November, 12:15 - 12:45

  • ON THE STROKE OF MIDDAY! - To the nearest femtosecond! Guided tour of the recently-installed exhibition in the Gallery and the Bell-Tower of the MIH.


5 December, 12:15 - 12:45

  • ON THE STROKE OF MIDDAY! - Wristwatch space. Spotlight on contemporary watchmaking. Discover the heart of mechanical, electric and electronic wristwatches. 






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