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Swiss-Type automatic lathe and history museum, Moutier

"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 times
Open upon telefon request from Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 12 am and from 2 pm to 4.30 pm excepted on wednesday afternoon.
Closed on weekends and plublic holidays

Adults: CHF 5.00
Children, pensioners, students: CHF 3.00
Groups: CHF 4.00

Possibility for groups to plan visits outside the museum's opening hours.
Please note that it is necessary to announce your visit in advance by phone or mail at

Good to know

  • Languages: French, German
  • With the help of more than 50 turret lathes, the Museum traces the history of the familiar turning machine from 1872 to the present day, or until the arrival of automatic lathes with numerical control (CNC). Alongside the history of the automatic lathe, the Museum also recounts the 1300-year history of Moutier and its region with written documents and pictures.
  • Free treasure hunt, opened to all.


Musée du tour automatique et d'histoire
Rue Industrielle 121
2740 Moutier 
T. +41 (0) 32 493 68 47 
T. +41 (0) 78 664 57 47

Swiss-Type automatic lathe and history museum, Moutier

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