International watch museum

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Main entrance to the museum

The International Watch Museum ( French Musée international d'horlogerie , abbreviated MIH ) is a museum in the Swiss city ​​of La Chaux-de-Fonds .


The underground structure was erected in the early 1970s and is surrounded by a park, in which a carillon was set up in 1980 . The clock museum is owned by the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds and is listed as a national treasure .


The museum is dedicated to the history of timing devices. Naturally, it contains numerous exhibits from Switzerland, such as an organ clock by Pierre Jaquet-Droz , one of the first ship chronometers by Ferdinand Berthoud , several works by Abraham Louis Breguet and an overview of the history of the Neuchâtel pendulum clock . In addition, Comtoise watches and other examples from the workshop of French masters such as Antide Janvier can also be seen. A replica of the Astrarium , one of the first examples of an astronomical clock, is on display by Giovanni Dondi .

The museum displays more than 4,500 pieces, including 2,700 clocks and around 700 wall clocks.

Restoration center

The Center de restauration en horlogerie ancienne ( Center de restauration en horlogerie ancienne ) carries out conservation and restoration work on the museum collections and occasionally for private individuals.

Research Center

The research center “Man and Time” ( Center d'études L'Homme et le Temps ) stores documents and archives related to timekeeping and watchmaking. The institute is available to researchers and library users of the museum.


  • Collections du Musée International d'Horlogerie La Chaux-de-Fonds, Suisse. Une sélection parmi 3100 objets. Exhibition catalogs of the Musée International d'Horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds 1974.
  • Catherine Cardinal: Clocks in History, Art and Science. Masterpieces from the International Watch Museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Lausanne 1984.
  • Catherine Cardinal, François Mercier: Musées d'horlogerie: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Le Locle. Zurich 1993.
  • Catherine Cardinal, Jean-Michel Piguet: Selection catalog: Institut L'Homme et le Temps et Musée International d'Horlogerie. La Chaux-de-Fonds 2002.

Web links

Commons : La Chaux-de-Fonds International Watch Museum  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence


Coordinates: 47 ° 6 '2.9 "  N , 6 ° 49' 48.4"  E ; CH1903:  553805  /  216824