All kinds of contemporary concerts, conferences and talks also contribute to the lively atmosphere of the place, where Dürrenmatt's spirit is never far away.
Although Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1912-1990) was a famous writer and dramatist, he was also a passionate painter throughout his life. The Dürrenmatt Centre is tasked with the mission of making his artwork and thought accessible to all.
Permanent exhibitions: Ancient Egypt, Himalayas (collections from Bhoutan and Tibet), General Charles Daniel de Meuron's 18th century natural history display and the 21st century curios display.
On an elegant promenade, the MAHN - short for museum of art and history - lies right by the port of Neuchâtel. The building, which was planned from the outset as a museum and presents itself in grand shape with Renaissance-style elements, was opened in 1885. Today the MAHN bids a contemporary and extraordinarily versatile program inside its more than 20 rooms.
The changing exhibitions regularly broach new and exciting aspects of the city's history. Also worth seeing are the collections: Comprising images of Pierre-Eugene Bouvier or the watch collections of Ferdinand Berthoud and Abraham-Louis Breguet - and of course the famous automaton by Pierre Jaquet-Droz from the year 1774 that depicts a writer, a draftsman and a musician.
The impressive Château de Boudry, which rises above the Neuchâtel vineyards, is home to a fascinating museum devoted to the development of grape varieties and winegrowing over the centuries. The château also has a wine bar that offers local wines and other products for tasting.
A museum for people of all ages, discovered at the heart of Neuchâtel city. The museum is housed in a historic building that was subject to all-embracing renovations - and in addition to traditional landscape paintings that bring to light the region’s fauna, new rooms dedicated to insects and geology were inaugurated in 2012.