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Centre Dürrenmatt

The object of the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel (CDN) is to collect, preserve and promote Dürrenmatt’s pictorial work. Located in vallon de l’Ermitage, the building has been designed by Mario Botta. It encompasses the house where Friedrich Dürrenmatt and his family lived from 1952 until death.
The CDN presents a permanent exhibition devoted to Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s artistic oeuvre. Exhibitions presenting artists pursuing combined visual and written avenues of exploration are regularly mounted here. As a space devoted to encouraging reflection and the exchange of ideas, the CDN schedules colloquiums, lectures and readings touching upon themes that are present in Dürrenmatt’s work. Often, too, the Centre hosts concerts.
Serving as a venue for exhibitions and events, the CDN also acts as a research centre furthering critical approaches to the Swiss playwright’s literary and artistic accomplishments.

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

F.Dürrenmatt "Le Minotaure déshonoré" (1962) - CDN
Exposition "Friedrich Dürrenmatt écrivain et peintre"
Terrasse panoramique du CDN
Terrasse panoramique du CDN

Current exhibitions

Le Jeu

Le jeu tient une place essentielle dans l’œuvre de Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Par ses œuvres visuelles et littéraires, l’exposition retrace les usages qu’il en fait. Qui dicte les règles de ce grand jeu de l’humanité ? Et quel est notre champ d’action en tant qu’individus ? Dans ses dessins et tableaux, il joue avec son identité ou imagine des fins de parties. Le jeu constitue ainsi une distance pour observer le monde, pour le déconstruire et pour le reconstruire.

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

Location of the museum

Pertuis-de-Sault 74
2000 Neuchâtel


By bus routes from the main station or the downtown centre : Bus No 106 or 109 to the bus stop "Ermitage". Timetable bus : Proceed by foot along the Chemin du Pertuis-du-Sault. By car, coach :


From 3th of August 2020 till 16th January 2021, the museum is closed for work.
Reopening on the 17th January 2021 for the centenary of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s birth.


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.-


Centre Dürrenmatt
Pertuis-de-Sault 74
2000 Neuchâtel
058 466 70 60 Telephone (accueil et réception)
058 466 70 78 Fax
  • 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
  • Cafeteria
  • Shop
  • Very children and family-friendly
    Very children and family-friendly
  • Completely wheelchair accessible
    Completely wheelchair accessible
  • Very good accessibility with public transport
    Very good accessibility with public transport