Open from 10.00 to 17.00


15 May 2022 – 15 October 2023

La Tène is the reference site for the Celtic civilization that is attested throughout a large part of Europe. But this site also stirs the imagination, with its shallow waters, shifting and untamed shorelines often wreathed in mist, where the lake flows into the meanders of an ever-changing river… This special place fascinated the Celts, and more recently has attracted the attention of archaeologists and artists as well as tourists and bathing enthusiasts. For more than twenty-two centuries, these vacillating waters have stirred up many mysteries: two oak bridges spanning an ancient channel of the River Thielle, the skeletal remains of people and animals, awe-inspiring quantities of weapons, jewellery and tools… Today, how do we broach the subject of this world famous site, discovered in 1857, whose interpretation has fed unending debate and which still manages to puzzle the scientific community ?

Presenting for the first time almost all of the finds housed in the store rooms of the Laténium, as well as a large selection of historic documents, the exhibition offers a dream-like evocation of the history of this place of memory.

The exhibition is presented in French and German.

For more information : Marc-Antoine Kaeser, “La Tène, a Place of Memory. At the origins of Celtic archaeology”, Laténium, 2022, 137 pages, 104 illustrations.

To discover the exhibition or to explore the site of La Tène, the archaeologists at the Laténium propose a programme of guided visits, archaeological walks, lectures and workshops.

Activities are regularly proposed for younger visitors to allow them to understand the exhibition in a fun way.


Swissinfo.ch – Une expo pour découvrir La Tène, comme un lieu de mémoire.
Le 12 mai 2022

Le journal – Canal Alpha – Le site de La Tène remis à jour au Laténium.
Le 12 mai 2022

RTN – Une expo pour découvrir La Tène, comme un lieu de mémoire.
Le 12 mai 2022

Le Courrier – Les mystères celtes de Neuchâtel
Le 13 mai 2022

19h30 – RTS – Nos ancêtres les Celtes à l’honneur dans une grande exposition sur La Tène.
16 mai 2022

Arcinfo – Le Laténium expose des pièces jamais dévoilées.
20 mai 2022