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Automates Jaquet-Droz, Neuchâtel

"These weren’t just moving dolls performing the ordinary actions of everyday life. We were soon lost for words as we listened to the passionate explanations of the demonstrator: these 18th century works of art really deserved being described as the forerunners of the modern computer! The writer in particular is a miracle of precision, capable of dipping his feather in his inkwell and juggling with our alphabet, controlled by the programmer of course. We’re impressed by the grace of the musician: her fingers really press the keys of the organ! As for the draftsman, he offers us a little “doggie” delicately sketched in pencil. Three little geniuses who charmed the whole group."

The contemporaries of 1970

Opening times
For personal tours: first Sunday of the month at 2, 3 and 4 p.m
For groups: on request only, 5 people per group minimum.

Adults: CHF 8.00
Students, apprentices, seniors: CHF 4.00
Children up to 16: free
Groups: CHF 120.- (flat rate up to 10 people) and CHF 10.- per additional person. With German, English, Chinese, Japanese translation: CHF 70.- extra.

Good to know

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Maximum 30 people per session

Art and History Museum
Esplanade Léopold-Robert 1
2000 Neuchâtel
T. +41 (0)32 717 79 25

Automates Jaquet-Droz, Neuchâtel

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