2018 Agenda of the amisMIH



May 6th 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, May 6th 2018 at 10:30. The service of the guide is free of charge.


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.






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 15th March 2018 to 28th February 2019

  • NEW ACQUISITIONS 2017 temporary exhibitionThe 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. 


28 April – 6 May

  • A FORTNIGHT OF INDUSTRIAL PATRIMONYFor 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 (4.8 MB)


2 May, 12:15 -12:45 

  • ON THE STROKE OF MIDDAY! - Automata spaceMechanical 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 NEUCHÂTELThe MIH team will prepare a festive and amusing night with several surprises and novel guided tours of the collection.  Programme (4.4 MB)


13 May, 10:00 – 17:00

  • INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAYA day dedicated to families. The museum team will prepare numerous surprises and novel guided tours of the collection.  Programme (4.8 MB)


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 exhibitionInitiated 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 spaceOverview of the evolution of the appearance of timepieces, fashions, design and their various uses.


20 September, 18:30

  • GAÏA PRIZEEach 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 HERITAGEThis 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 FAIRAround 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 spaceSpotlight on contemporary watchmaking. Discover the heart of mechanical, electric and electronic wristwatches. 






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