2022 Agenda of the amisMIH



December 4th 2022, 10:30 am

  • AMISMIH TOUR - First Sunday of each month, 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).



2022 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.





  • NEW ACQUISITIONS IN 2021 -Our 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 18 March 2022 to 28 February 2023



  • BRILLANCE OF GLASS. THE MASTERY OF ENAMEL - Enamel in all its forms – cloisonné, champlevé, painted, opaque, translucent or opalescent – has been a source of fascination for centuries. Behind the apparent simplicity of its composition of glass and metal oxides lies the expert skill of the enamellers who have mastered its preparation, application and firing in the furnace. Even today, decorating a watch with enamel is a kind of alchemy that is still part shrouded in mystery. From 1st of may 2022 to 12 of march 2023.






December 21st 2022, 2.15 pm

  • WINTER SEASON ESCAPADE - A visit to the archives of Louis Benoît at the Public and University Library of Neuchâtel. As part of its temporary exhibition Éclat de verre, la maîtrise de l'émail, the MIH offers you an "Advent Escapade" in Neuchâtel where the Public and University Library will open the doors to a treasure trove of 18th century archives: the Louis Benoît father and son collection. The visit, led by the specialist Rossella Baldi, will enable you to discover the passion for naturalist illustration of the Benoît enamellers from Les Ponts-de-Martel, whose recipe books are currently on display in the Éclat de verre exhibition. You will also have the opportunity to admire the drawings of plants made by the watchmakers of the family of the famous doctor from La Ferrière, Abraham Gagnebin III, friend and collaborator of Jaquet-Droz.                      

Meeting point: On site - Pl. Numa-Droz 3, 2000 Neuchâtel - Entrance hall of the building

Maximum 20 people, please register with the museum: secretariat:  info@mih.ch or 032 967 68 61.





Dates and times to be consulted on the website https://www.chaux-de-fonds.ch/musees/mih/jeunes-publics

Seven workshops, lasting approximately 1h30-1h45, are offered to children and teenagers allowing them to build an object that they can take home at the end of the activity (except Rhabille ta pendule and Totem du Temps) . The museum's workshops offer a fun and educational occupation.

They are organized on fixed dates or at any time, upon prior request and reservation with the museum secretariat. 032 967 68 61.