3 January 2023 Conditions of entry to our watchmaking experiences

The wearing of a mask and the Sanitary Pass are no longer compulsory for our watchmaking experiences.

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Jaquet-Droz Automata

Come and admire the fascinating mechanisms of three famous 18th century automatons at the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

What the activity involves

Symbols of a technical expertise unlike any other anywhere in the world, the three androids, “The Writer”, “The Musician” and “The Artist” were hugely popular in the European royal courts of the 18th century, when their ingenious designers Pierre and his son Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz, together with their associate Jean- Frédéric Leschot, travelled with them throughout the continent. Discover their cutting-edge mechanisms at an individual or group demonstration session.e.


Musée d’art et d’histoire, Esplanade Léopold-Robert 1, 2000 Neuchâtel

Opening hours

For individuals, first Sunday of the month : 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00, no registration required, subject to availability
For groups, reservation required, minimum 5 persons

Individual prices

Adult : CHF 12.-
Student, apprentice, senior : CHF 4.-
Accompanied children up to 16 : free

Group prices

Fixed price CHF 120.- (10 persons) and CHF 10.- per additional person + translation : CHF 70.00 price supplement (de / en)


1 hour
Maximum 30 persons per session


fr  /de*/ en* (* with translator only for groups, price supplement)


Musée d'art et d'histoire
Esplanade Léopold-Robert 1
CH - 2000 Neuchâtel

Phone : +41 32 717 79 20