International Museum of Horology

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International Museum of Horology
Musée International d'Horlogerie
International Museum of Horology is located in Switzerland
International Museum of Horology
Location within Switzerland
LocationLa Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Coordinates47°06′03″N 6°49′48″E / 47.1008°N 6.8301°E / 47.1008; 6.8301Coordinates: 47°06′03″N 6°49′48″E / 47.1008°N 6.8301°E / 47.1008; 6.8301

The International Museum of Horology, French: Musée international d'horlogerie, is a horological museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. It is owned and operated by the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds.


In 1865 the Watchmaking School of La Chaux-de-Fonds had the idea of putting together a collection of old clocks. This resulted, in 1902, in the opening of a small museum in the same building as the school. The collection gradually grew and the museum was enlarged three times, in 1907, 1952 and 1967[1].

It finally became clear that the premises were no longer suitable for a permanent and functional display of the whole collection. The Committee of the Museum therefore suggested to the Municipality of La Chaux-de-Fonds that a foundation should be set up with the purpose of promoting the construction of a new building. Opened in 1974 under the name of Musée international d'horlogerie, this was characterized by a conception and techniques in the avant-garde of architecture and museography. Three decades later its construction is as fascinating as its exhibits.

Both Le Locle and its geographical twin town La Chaux-de-Fonds have now been recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, for their horological and related cultural past.[2]


  1. ^ Bosshart, Nicole (2008). Le Pays de Neuchâtel et son patrimoine Horloger. Chézard-Saint-Martin, Switzerland: Les Editions de la Chatière. ISBN 978-2-940239-16-0. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  2. ^ "La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle, Watchmaking Town Planning". UNESCO World Heritage Convention. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
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  • Mercier, Francois; Cardinale, Catherine (1993). Museums of Horology - La Chaux-de-Fons - Le Locle. Zurich: Swiss Institute of Art Research. p. 128. ISBN 3-908184-33-9.
  • de Limoge, Andre (1974). Collections du musee internationale d'horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Suisse - Une selection parmi 3100 objects. La Chaux-de-Fonds, Suisse: musee internationale d'horlogerie. p. 151.
  • Cardinal, Catherine; Piguet, Jean Michel (2002). Catalog of Selected Pieces - Musee Internationale d'Horlogerie. La Chaux-de-Fonds, Suisse: Musee internationale d'horlogerie. p. 384. ISBN 2-940088-10-1.