You will not miss the museum –- right on Esplanade Léopold-Robert there are several modern monuments (you can see one on the picture). If you love the arts than Musée d’Art et d’Histoire is a must to see. The ground floor is devoted to the historical collections. Upstairs are the rooms devoted to fine art, which have been organized by theme, with the various rooms called Nature, Civilization, The Sacred, etc. You will find here Corot, Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, Sisley, just to name a few.
But the most unusual exhibits are kept in a room at the rear of the ground floor: the Automates Jaquet-Droz, three mechanical figurines built to the most exacting technical standards by a Neuchâtelois watchmaker in the 1770s and still in perfect working order today. You should really time your visit for the first Sun of the month, when they are brought to life for a demonstration (2, 3, and 4pm only).
July 5, 2003
From journal Neuchâtel, the city of 140 fountains