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Dominating the town in a wonderful park of exotic coniferous trees, the Museum of Ethnography delights in surprising you. Commonly referred to as MEN, the institution contains some 30’000 objects of which more than half makes up the African collection. The MEN also preserves Asian, Eskimo and Oceanic objects, musical instruments originating from outside of Europe and artefacts from ancient Egypt.
Looking out to the lake, the Museum of Art and History conceals some fascinating objects within its four departments: the visual arts, the decorative arts, the numismatic section and the historic department, now housed in an annexe close by, the History Galleries. Today these galleries, located in the courtyard of the Hotel duPeyrou, preserve the history of the town. They have revived the newly transformed building of the former Museum of Archaeology, which is now housed closer to the source of all its treasures at the Laténium, in Hauterive.
The Museum of Natural History has a knack for playing impertinently with everyday subjects and astonishing us with continuous revelations of life about which it uncovers its miracles. It is one of the most visited museums of the region, demonstrated by entry numbers in some years exceeding 800’000. The museum displays dioramas of mammals, both lake and indigenous birdlife in their natural environment, giving it quite appropriately its recognition as the Natural History Museum of Neuchatel.