In Short

Enquête photographique neuchâteloise. Yann Mingard © Musée des beaux-arts le Locle, 2015. Photo Lucas Olivet


Three temporary exhibitions a year broaden our perspectives. Prints, photographs, installations, paintings,… exhibitions of single artist’s work, or arranged thematically, they bring together contemporary and older artworks, local pieces and works form elsewhere. The museum’s collection, numbering around 35000 works by 19th ans 20th century Swiss and international artists is regularly put on public display. Open to all media and to prints ans multiples in particular, the museum organizes a Triennial of Contemporary Prints.



The museum’s programs are aimed at art lovers, new comers and inquisitive minds and have a range of activities on offer for young people. In order to make the museum live beyond its exhibitions, a transversal cultural program, made of conferences, workshops and shows, is organized throughout the year. With the will to mix artistic disciplines and connect them, the MBAL brings the living art within its walls.



Le Locle is a town in the Jura mountains bordering the department of Doubs in France, It is jointly listed with neighbouring La Chaux-de-Fonds as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of their unique town plans developed in the 19th century under the influence of the watch-making industry. The  museum is in the town center and forms part of the rich cultural landscape of the Neuchâtel mountains.