2021 Agenda of the amisMIH



3 october 2021, 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).



2021 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 19 March 2021 to 28 February 2022

  • NEW ACQUISITIONS IN 2020 - 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 14 November 2020 to 7 November 2021

  • TRANSMISSIONS. PICTURING THE INTANGIBLE Transmissions. Picturing the Intangible is a cross border exhibition that was jointly organised with the musée du Temps in Besançon, as one and the same project. It spotlights the views of six photographers chosen for their complementary approach of the Intangible Heritage on the occasion of the inscription of craftsmanship of mechanical watchmaking and art mechanics on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, on December the 16th 2020.







28 October 2021, 2pm to 31 October 2021 5pm

  • REGARDS SUR LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS - Photography workshop with Jean-Christophe Béchet. Aimed at experienced photographers as well as at anyone curious to develop their photographic eye, this unique workshop will allow you to immortalise the chequered streets of La Chaux-de-Fonds as well as some of its emblematic places, guided by the great expertise and the sharp eye of Jean-Christophe Béchet. A selection of shots from the course will be presented at the next Nuit de la Photo, on 19 February 2022.  More informations --> (827 KB)


11 September 2021, 4:00 pm - 18:00 pm

  • EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAY - RE TRANSMISSIONS : Passé – présent des savoir-faire horlogers. Screening of archive films on watchmaking know-how, followed by a round table discussion moderated by Alexandre Steiner, Le Temps.

                                 programme and registration -->


16 September 2021, 18:30

  • PRIX GAÏA - Now in its 27th 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. 


22 September 2021, Meet at 17:45 at the MIH 

  • MIH GETAWAYS - The Chromatic Clock "Entre chien et loup" on the Promenade Bridge. Perhaps you have already spied the neon colours shimmering under the Promenade street bridge... This is a chromatic clock which uses colours to tell the time. Guided by one of its designers, you will discover all the secrets of this unique work of art. Every solstice and equinox, the museum is offering thematic tours outside its walls to mark the change of the seasons.


30 October 2021, 17:00-24:00

  • "NUIT DE LA PHOTO" - In collaboration with "La Nuit e la Photo" and the Museums of the Park, the MIH proposes an innovative programme of animations! Specific programme will follow. 


30 October 2021, Meet at 23:00 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 and cramped pathway). Places are limited Call +41 32 967 68 61 to book.


From 4 to 7 November 2021

  • 10TH BIENNALE OF WATCHMAKER'S HERITAGE DAY - Free guided tours and other surprises are awaiting you during this significant event in the watchmaking calendar. Specific programme will follow. 


6 November 2021 (Besançon and La Chaux-de-Fonds)

  • FINISSAGE OF THE TEMPORARY EXHIBITION "TRANSMISSIONS. PICTURING THE INTANGIBLE" - A festive Finissage of the exhibition Transmissions. Picturing the Intangible. Specific programme will follow.



7 November 2021, 10:00 – 16:30

  • 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. entry CHF 8.00


 21 December 2021, Meet at 12:15 at the MIH

  • MIH GETAWAYS - Travelling Times – The Station Clock. Transport has played a major role in the progress of watchmaking techniques, sowing pitfalls that watchmakers have been quick to overcome over time. As windows on these progress, station clocks illustrate this rich and fascinating history.Every solstice and equinox, the museum is offering thematic tours outside its walls to mark the change of the seasons.



Dates and Time listed online on www.mih.ch

MIH is offering workshops for children and young people on fixed dates during the school holidays and every first Sunday of each month at 10:30. These workshops give your children the opportunity to fit a mechanical movement, build their own sun dial, create a dial just like an enameller...and more! Call +41 32 967 68 61 to book.



For all the enthusiasts, curious or amateurs, the MIH organizes, as part of its temporary exhibition, and in collaboration with the photographers Jean-Christophe Béchet, Joseph Gobin and Marie Hudelot, specific photographic workshops: free workshops, portraits workshops or even watchmaking totems. 

Information and registration at +41 (0)32 967 68 61.