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, a podcast and a virtual museum. 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"

Teaser Dauerausstellung CDN

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 – Rebellenfiguren"

Expo Rebelles

Friedrich Dürrenmatt – Rebellenfiguren

1. August – 10. Dezember 2023

Die Ausstellung entfächert ein Panorama der Rebellenfiguren, die der Schriftsteller und Maler Friedrich Dürrenmatt entwarf: von scheiternden Helden über zornige Götter und Amazonen bis hin zum ungleichen Liebespaar.

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.

Dürrenmatt & Sciascia

Vernissage du livre « Fritz & Nanà – Les deux visionnaires F. Dürrenmatt et L. Sciascia » et spectacle

Dimanche 15 octobre 2023 à 16h.
Précédé d’une visite guidée à 15h.
Entrée libre.

Spectacle Porras

Spectacle «Pour Václav Havel» d’Omar Porras d’après un texte de Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Du 27 octobre au 19 novembre 2023. Entrée gratuite, réservation conseillées.

CDN en famille2

Le CDN en famille «Friedrich Dürrenmatt – Les Rebelles»

Dimanche 29 octobre 2023 de 14h à 15h
Visite guidée et en parallèle, visite-atelier créatif pour les enfants. Entrée libre.