Swiss-Type automatic lathe museum

Musée du Tour automatique et d'Histoire de Moutier
Musée du Tour automatique et d'Histoire de Moutier. ©
  • Place

    • Moutier
  • Recommended Duration

    • 45 Minutes

The Museum traces the history of the famous bar turning machine, from 1872 to the present day, through more than 50 tours.

''In somewhat less than a century, the town of Moutier has established its position as one of Switzerland's main centers for the manufacture of turning machines. These machines can produce custom made metal parts in any size and shape, such as pieces to assemble watches or tools used in medicine, to just name two. The large number of turret lathes on show, the 50 or so turning machines with sliding headstocks, the drawings, various documents and photographs all helped me to learn about the development of machine tools and to gain a better understanding of the shared passion of the people who played a part in their success. A splendid human venture!''


Opening hours

Opening hours
  • Monday

    • 09:30 - 12:00
  • Tuesday - Friday

    • 09:30 - 12:00
    • 14:00 - 16:30


  • Prices per person


    • CHF 5.-
  • Children, students, AVS

    • CHF 3.-
  • On presentation of the ICOM card, AMS or museum passport

    • Free
  • With guide (1h15)

    • CHF 10.-

On site

On site
  • Accessibility

    • Free parking
    • Accessible by public transport
    • Accessible for caravans
    • Custom hours on request
  • Activities

    • Guided tours
    • Exhibition / explanations
  • Services

    • Suitable for groups
    • WC



Good to know

Good to know
    • Open by reservation
    • Closed on weekends and public holidays
    • For groups, it is possible to organize visits outside the opening hours of the museum
    • It is essential to announce your visit in advance by phone or email
    • Languages: French, German
    • Free treasure hunt, opened to all
    • With the JURA-PASS, get a 20% discount on 1 adult admission


Swiss-Type automatic lathe museum
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