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Jean-Jacques Rousseau Museum, Môtiers

"We were staying with our friends who live in Môtiers, and they showed us some of the attractions of their region. Right off the main road, we climbed the stairs leading to a covered gallery where Rousseau used to walk «when the weather was bad». Today, only half of his apartment in the building from the 15th century remains intact. The exhibition, located in his former bedroom and kitchen, focuses on his years of exile in Neuchâtel from 1762 to 1765. Here we find his prohibited books, pictures of landscapes of the Val-de-Travers which he enjoyed exploring, his portrait in pastel, a ribbon laced by him, his last passion which was botany, his lost paradise on St. Peter's Island, and other elements illustrating his fame. After an hour's visit, we left with a good mind to read some of the works of the famous philosopher."

Andres Begert

Opening times
May-October: Saturday and Sunday 3-5 P.M.
Open every day upon request.

Normal price : CHF 7.-/person
Group price (about 20 pers.) : CHF 5.-/pers.


Good to know

  • Access: Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau 2
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  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Languages: French, German, English and Spanish. 

Museum address
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Museum
Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau 2
2112 Môtiers
Tel. +41 (0) 32 860 11 94

Contact address
Roland Kaehr
Rue J.-de-Hochberg 16
2000 Neuchâtel
T. +41 (0) 32 725 84 74 

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Museum, Môtiers

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