The Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921–90), the world-renowned writer and playwright, was also an avid painter and illustrator his whole life. The Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel (CDN) showcases his paintings as they relate to his literary works in a permanent exhibition. The museum also stages temporary exhibitions and events, and offers guided tours, workshops for schools, publications and a podcast. Designed by Mario Botta around Dürrenmatt’s former home, the CDN showcases parts of the writer and painter’s living space.

The CDN is close to the railway station in Neuchâtel, nestled in the heart of the green and leafy Vallon de l’Ermitage.

Permanent exhibition "Friedrich Dürrenmatt - writer and artist"

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Permanent exhibition

The permanent exhibition is devoted to Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s rich and highly diversified art, and to how it relates to his literary output.

Exhibition "Friedrich Dürrenmatt's Sistine Chapel"

Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s Sistine Chapel

11th March – 16th July 2023

The exhibition explores the murals that Friedrich Dürrenmatt created in the most private room of his house... the toilet! A unique work, highlighted by other paintings and drawings by Dürrenmatt, as well as virtual reality stations.

Living space

Sixtinische Kapelle

Dürrenmatt’s living space

Discover Dürrenmatt's Sistine Chapel, his library, impressive office and other places steeped in history at the CDN.



Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel
Pertuis-du-Sault 74
2000 Neuchâtel
T +41 58 466 70 60
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Info: the exhibition spaces are air-conditioned (20 degrees).

Opening hours

Wednesday till Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00

Monday and Tuesday: closed

Friedrich Dürrenmatt's office can be visited on Saturdays from 11 am to 1.30 pm. and from 2 pm to 4.45 pm.

Führungen durch die Ausstellung «Die Sixtinische Kapelle von Dürrenmatt»

Samstag, 6. Mai 2023 und 17. Juni 2023 um 12.30 Uhr. Im Eintrittspreis inbegriffen.


Printemps culturel : Danse-musique-poésie « Nyuma Nyuma Tour »

Samedi 17 juin à 17h et dimanche 18 juin 2023 à 14h et 17h.
De Timba Bema, avec Natasha Alhadeff-Jones, Bruno Ferreira et des textes de Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

CDN en famille3

Le CDN en famille « La Chapelle Sixtine de Friedrich Dürrenmatt »

Dimanche 25 juin 2023 de 14h à 15h.
Visite guidée et visite-atelier pour les enfants dès 5 ans. Entrée libre