International Watchmaking Museum
An impressing collection of the most striking masterpieces of watchmaking over the centuries, a history of the measurement of time, an architecture that constitutes a superb setting: the museum is a "must" for anyone wishing to understand the genius behind watchmaking.
Fine arts museum
An industrial city, yet a city of art. A visit to the Fine Arts Museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds is a must for those wishing to discover the artistic talent of both local creators and those from further afield: from Léopold Robert to Le Corbusier, and including works from the art nouveau period and by contemporary artists.
Born on 6 October 1887 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret adopted the pseudonym of Le Corbusier - inspired by the name of his maternal great-grandfather Mr. Lecorbésier - in 1920. He entered the city's school of art in 1902 to train as an engraver, but Charles L'Eplattenier, one of his teachers, steered him towards architecture: a profession he was to discover during several stays in Paris, Vienna, Berlin and his journies to the South and the East (1907 and 1911). During the 1920s, he became one of the most influential architects and urban planners of his century. He was made a citizen of honour of the city where he was born in 1957, and died on 27 August 1965. Anyone wishing to get to grips with Le Corbusier's work as an architect, town planner, artist, sculptor and writer, should follow in the masters footsteps in La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle, and soak up the unique urban and aesthetic character of these two towns.