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American Clock & Watch Museum

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Take an exciting trip back in time and see earliest clocks and their clock makers to modern day wrist watches in the American Clock & watch Museum, located in Bristol, Connecticut. It is a unique museum keeping and preserving the oldest timekeepers, clocks and wrist watches, it is one of a kind museum in the world. The museum was established in 1952 and it displays 5,500 timekeepers, it is an extensive and largest collection of American-made timekeepers. The museum features a scavenger hunt for the families, many family-related events are held at the museum. The American clock & watch museum is operates April through December.

Things to Do

  • Do you know Connecticut was once the clock capital of the US? Enjoy a self-guided tour of the eight galleries of the museum.
  • Current exhibit, Once upon a time, it features the use of clocks in children's books and other literature.
  • See oldest and rarest clocks and watches, punch clocks, grandfather clocks, railroad clocks, pocket watches, alarm clocks, tower clocks, novelty clocks and mechanical toys.
  • Many of these clocks still chime and strike upon the hour.
  • Visit the museum gift shop and shop for exclusive time-related merchandise, there are clocks and watches, books, jewelry, and children's toys.

American clock & watch Museum Insider Tips

  • Children ages 7 and under are admitted for free.

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