Musée Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Musée Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Musée Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
15:00 - 17:00
15:00 - 17:00
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museum dedicated to Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the house where he lived from 1762 to 1765. on Saturday and Sunday, from 15.00 to 17.00 and on request. Group visits: 20 people outside nowadays restrictions.
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Zurich, Switzerland25,639 contributions
Aug 2020
There are several reasons to visit the Val-de-Travers: natural wonders like the Creux du Van or the Gorges de l'Areuse, then the history of absinthe or of watchmaking and some will want to see, where one of the great intellectual figures of the Enlightenment spent 3 years.

A refugee for great parts of his life because of his revolutionary thinking, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, originally from Geneva, came to Môtiers in the Val-de-Travers on July 10th, 1762. He had to flee France due to pressure from the Catholic church. The Val-de-Travers was part of the principality of Neuchâtel, which was then ruled by the King of Prussia (at that time: Frederick the Great, a man of the Enlightenment himself ).

The house, where the philosopher stayed, is now a museum, unfortunately open only on Saturdays and Sundays between 3-5pm, from May 1st to Oct 31st. At all other times one can just have a look at the house from the outside, although since 2012 there is also a 'Via Rousseau' in the Val-de-Travers, a trail connecting various points J.J.Rousseau visited during his stay here. One of his many interests had been botany, thus he loved to go and explore the nature.

Soon the local pastors made such a pressure on the man, who used to walk around here dressed as an Armenian, that he had to leave Môtiers on Sept 9th, 1765. His next stop became the island of St.Peter in the Lac de Bienne, but from there again he was expelled by the authorities of Berne after less than 7 weeks. His next longer stay was in England at the invitation of David Hume. All this time his domestic partner and mistress Thérèse Levasseur was him, who during 34 years together also bore him 5 children, that were all given to foundling hospitals.
Written 4 May 2021
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Kumrovec, Croatia103 contributions
Sep 2019
Môtiers, a small village in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland, is best known for its resident Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who settled there after being condemned by the French public. The village is idyllic, as is the house, which has typically rural French architectural features. Unfortunately, the working hours of this small museum have been reduced to weekends and an extremely short period, it seems to me, between 3 pm and 5 pm, which is why we didn't see the interior, but that is why we visited the cascades along which Rousseau regularly walked. The cascades have dried up today, but they can be seen, so as you walk you can follow Rousse's thoughts framed on the promenade, so the whole venture is fun especially for families with children as it boils down to a game of discovery. The downside is that the thoughts are given only in French, so if you do not speak this language you have to resort to one of the online translators.
He left the farmhouse after it was stoned one night in late summer, 1765. Rousseau then moved to the UK.
Written 15 September 2019
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  • Sat - Sun 15:00 - 17:00

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