Discover the site
Set in an idyllic location, the Laténium invites visitors to stroll through 500 centuries of history, from the time of the Neanderthals until the beginning of the modern age. The museum presents the latest archaeological research in a playful and entertaining way, and the archaeological park, which lies directly on the shores of the lake of Neuchâtel, allows visitors to discover reconstructions of a prehistoric hunters camp, lakeside dwellings, a stone tomb, a grave mound, and a Roman port with a sunken ship.
The Museum and the Archaeological Park offer an amount of activities and guided tours in relation with the permanent or temporary exhibitions.
– Ours Laténium, Hautesrives (NE)
Feared, imitated or honoured, the bear is often perceived as the animal most similar to humans.
The first representations of bears appeared 40,000 years ago during prehistory, a period of intense artistic and spiritual vitality. Bears were given a particular treatment. Engraved and painted in caves, they are often depicted in isolation, hidden in hard-to-reach recesses. Their depiction is subtle, with meticulous detail in the face. Pebbles and engraved or sculpted stone blocks, statuettes and finely crafted bone or ivory plates, cave paintings and clay models, these representations reveal the details of the bears’ fur, eyes and ears. In contrast their anatomy is very typical, even stereotyped.
Focusing on the figurations from a distant past, the Laténium exhibition shows this hidden bear, and then returns us to current representations of an animal with which we have an ambiguous relationship.
Une exposition organisée en collaboration avec la Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais et le Musée d’Archéologie nationale – Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France).
10am - 5pm from Tuesday to Sunday.
Closed on Mondays. Open on Whit Monday.
Students, apprentices, seniors, unemployed, disabled: 5.-
Children from 7 to 16 years: 4.-
Families, Parents and children: 20.-
Groups, from 10 people
Students, apprentices, seniors, unemployed, disabled: 4.-
Free admission: First Sunday of the month.
Archaeological park: Free entrance
Access & Contact
By ferryboat: From the port of Neuchâtel to the Laténium: Société de navigation Neuchâtel et Morat: The trip is included in the museum ticket.
By train: From the railway station of Neuchâtel: Take the Fun’ambule Cablecar, then the bus number 101 in direction of Marin, bus stop Laténium. From Saint-Blaise railway station BN: Walk towards the main road - the route cantonale - and take the bus number 101 in direction of Neuchatel, bus stop Laténium.
By car: From Neuchâtel: Take the direction of Marin - Bienne. At the entry into the village of Hauterive, turn right in direction of Port d’Hauterive. From Lausanne: Follow the highway in direction of Marin, take the exit Hauterive. At the entry in to the village of Hauterive, turn right in direction of Port d’Hauterive. From Berne/Bienne: Take the exit Hauterive/Saint-Blaise, follow in the direction of Neuchâtel and turn left in direction of Port d’Hauterive.
Espace Paul Vouga
Tel. 032 889 69 17 (10am - 5pm)