Wit its unique collection, the Maison de l’Absinthe lends itself to the discovery of absinthe as part of our regional heritage. An interactive museological concept and a film illustrate the various aspects of this magical and historical beverage.
The exhibition is set out by theme : history of absinthe, the product itself, bootlegging science and chemistry :
ABSINTHE IN ART
Works of art tell the story of absinthe
FROM WORMWOOD TO ABSINTHE
How the herb was used since Antiquity, as medicine and later beverage
‘GREEN HOUR’ OR ‘L’HEURE VERTE’
The popularity of absinthe in Val-de-Travers in the 19th Century. Production, consumption and influence on the local economy
ABSINTHE WITHOUT FRONTIERS
Artefacts and documents tell how absinthe went beyond the Val-de-Travers into the world. Its use but also its many and varied apparitions on the world scene
FROM DEMONISATION TO PROHIBITION
Demonisation ? Different viewpoints throughout the passionate debates and how supporters stood up against the critics- up to the prohibition in Switzerland in 1910
Almost unbelievable ! 95 years of secret absinthe production – a variety of ways and means to get around the Law
IN SAFE KEEPING
How secret production endured. Witnesses of the old traditions
Here you can experiment and observe : the properties of wormwood, its constituents and DNA, its harvest, drying and storing, but also the various transformation techniques into the final product (maceration, infusion and distillation, etc) as well as chemical reactions surrounding absinthe.