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Address: Bahnhofstrasse 31, Zurich 8001, Switzerland (Formerly Beyer Museum of Time)
Phone Number: +41 43 344 63 63
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Mon - Fri 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Beyer Clock and Watch Museum is housed in Zurich's most prestigious...

The Beyer Clock and Watch Museum is housed in Zurich's most prestigious shopping district, situated in the very heart of the city, in the premises of the Beyer watch store. The exhibition comprises some 300 pieces from all fields of chronology, which are examined in technical and scientific terms as well as from an art-history point of view. The museum is home to one of the most important horological collections in the world. It recounts the complete history of timekeeping from 1400 BC to the present day.

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Small but very good

It is small but very informative. Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva is a way larger but this one is different and also good. Look for a watch made in Russia in XIX century... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Moscow
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is small but very informative. Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva is a way larger but this one is different and also good. Look for a watch made in Russia in XIX century completely of wood (in Geneva there is also one)! And probably second smallest mechanical watch in the world. The smallest also belongs to this museum but is... More 

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Thank Bryuzga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A small museum with a fantastic collection of watches, its super interesting! At the entrance you get an iPad where you have information about every clock and sometimes also short movies. The curator is very nice and eager to answer questions. Definitely a place you should visit when in Zurich.

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Thank Adrian B
Tampa, FL
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a small museum but the collection is fascinating. The curator of the day I was there gave me what amounted to a private tour. When you arrive you will be given an iPad with which you can look up details of almost every piece in the collection. Not to be missed!!

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Thank kbutterly
Racine, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is amazing to see the variety contained in the "clock and watch" category, from ivory to crystal to wood, and some really exquisitely detailed and creative timepieces.

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Paris, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

definitely, do stop by when you walk down Bahnhofstrasse, 8CHF is high but collection is worth it, i enjoyed the highly unusual curiosities, like the one with Moses and the Water

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Thank FOL-1003
Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

This museum is on the lower level of the large Beyer watch and jewelry store on Bahnhofstrasse. Admission was 8 CHF. My time was limited to about half an hour--I got there not long before closing--but that was enough for a pleasant and leisurely visit. When I stepped downstairs, a charming gentleman pointed me to a closet for my coat... More 

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Thank CycleJeff
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Its located on the main shopping street and it looks like a watch store to begin with, but the museum is downstairs. There is only one floor, which is a shame, but the contents are quite interesting. Though the placards are in German, they give you an iPad with different languages to choose from that translates the placards for you.... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The museum has the biggest private watch collection and displays some very rare watches and clocks. I especially like the complicated astronomically clocks which managed to make a correct movement reproduction of the planets even though it was built with the earth at the center!

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Thank Susy-1974
Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Diverse group of clocks, watches and other timekeeping devices, including hourglasses, sun dials, candle clocks and church clock mechanisms. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable, adding to our pleasant visit

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Thank CultureGlutton
Greater Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

We came in just after a larger tour group and got missed in the crowd. The labels were all in German, but very quickly the staff noticed and provided an iPad which allowed us to read about the watches. Great collection, very interesting. Good info from one of the staff gentleman that would come over from time to time and... More 

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