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Centre Dürrenmatt

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921–90), the world-renowned writer and playwright, was also an avid painter and illustrator his whole life. The Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel (CDN) showcases his paintings as they relate to his literary works in a permanent exhibition. The museum also stages temporary exhibitions and events, and offers guided tours, workshops for schools, publications, a podcast and virtual tours. Designed by Mario Botta around Dürrenmatt’s former home, the CDN showcases parts of the writer and painter’s living space.

The CDN is close to the railway station in Neuchâtel, nestled in the heart of the green and leafy Vallon de l’Ermitage.

This museum greets you in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Opening 2000

CDN. Architecture: Mario Botta.  Photo: BN
CDN. Architecture: Mario Botta. Photo: BN
Exposition permanente. Photo: BN
Exposition permanente. Photo: BN
Dépôt visitable. Photo: BN
Dépôt visitable. Photo: BN

Current exhibitions

Friedrich Dürrenmatt – writer and painter

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The permanent exhibition is devoted to Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s rich and highly diversified art, and to how it relates to his literary output.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/I/E
Friedrich Dürrenmatt – writer and painter

Les Rebelles

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L’œuvre de Friedrich Dürrenmatt regorge de résistants et résistantes ou encore de contestataires. La rébellion y est un motif récurrent, que l’on trouve dès les premières caricatures et jusqu’au discours de 1990 en hommage au défenseur des droits humains et président tchèque Václav Havel.

L’exposition présente un riche panorama des personnages de rebelles dont Friedrich Dürrenmatt a émaillé ses œuvres picturales et littéraires.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F
  • Art
    Art
  • Thematic cultural asset
    Thematic cultural asset

Location of the museum

Pertuis-de-Sault 74
2000 Neuchâtel

Location/directions

By bus routes from the main station or the downtown centre : Bus No 106 or 109 to the bus stop "Ermitage". Timetable bus : www.transn.ch Proceed by foot along the Chemin du Pertuis-du-Sault. By car, coach : http://www.bundesmuseen.ch/cdn/00128/00146/index.html?lang=en

Open

Wednesday till Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
Friedrich Dürrenmatt's office can be visited on Saturdays from 11 am to 1.30 pm. and from 2 pm to 4.45 pm.

Due to renovation work, the CDN will only be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 December 2023 to 2 February 2024

Admission

Adults: CHF 8.-
Children, students, unemployed, seniors and disabled persons: CHF 5.-
Groups of 10 persons minimum: CHF 5.-
Free admission: Swiss Museum Pass, AMS Card, ICOM Card, IAA Card (International Artist Association), Raiffeisen Card, ProArte -26 Card.
Guided tours are available upon request : CHF 100.-

Contact

Centre Dürrenmatt
Pertuis-de-Sault 74
2000 Neuchâtel
058 466 70 60 Telephone (accueil et réception)
058 466 70 78 Fax
cdn@nb.admin.ch
http://www.cdn.ch
  • Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
    Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
  • Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
    Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
  • Parking
    Parking
  • Cafeteria
    Cafeteria
  • Shop
    Shop
  • Extremely children and family-friendly
    Extremely children and family-friendly
  • Completely wheelchair accessible
    Completely wheelchair accessible
  • Very good accessibility with public transport
    Very good accessibility with public transport