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American Clock and Watch Museum

100 Maple Street, Bristol, CT 06010
+1 860-583-6070
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Ranked #2 of 13 attractions in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Join us for a fascinating trip back in time. Learn about American clock & watch making with particular emphasis on Connecticut, once the clock capital... more » Owner description: Join us for a fascinating trip back in time. Learn about American clock & watch making with particular emphasis on Connecticut, once the clock capital of the country. Over 1500 timekeepers are on display and many chime & strike on the hour. The museum boasts one of the largest displays of American-made timepieces in the world. The special exhibit for 2014 is called "Cultivating a Collection: Discovering Treasures." The exhibit examines the collections of private collectors as well as new pieces that have been discovered and added to the museum's collection. Designated as one of Connecticut's cultural treasures, the museum has been a destination in Connecticut for over 60 years. The museum is housed in an 1801 home with an authentic American sundial garden. The museum gift shop has a wide variety of clock-related gifts and books. Open April 26th through December 2014. The museum is open seven days a week, 10:00a.M. To 5:00p.M. Museum members admitted FREE, Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children 8-17 $3, Children under 8 admitted FREE. Group tour rates available for 10 or more visitors. Call for details. « less
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Louisville, KY
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We went to the Timex museum in Waterbury and here on the same afternoon. They're only 10 minutes apart. This museum covers early American clock and watch making. I did not know that early clocks could be made from either wood or brass nor that peddlers could & did sell clocks from their carts all over the colonies. Visiting both... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The years fell away as we toured the museum, seeing clocks from the 1700s on up to modern times. The mechanisms were fascinating and it was so interesting to be able to see the inner workings of such huge clocks as steeple clocks. It was fun to see the watch I had in the 1960s in the "Nostaligia"collection.

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We timed our visit to be there for 10 and 11 o'clock and what a treat to hear these historical time pieces chime! The mueum is a gem and we were welcomed with friendly hospitality. One of the rooms was built with timbers from an 18th century house and in other galleries you will find charming restored federal period wall... More

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Enjoyed this even though I am not a clock person. Interesting to walk around and see all the difference clocks and how they work. Cheap for 1-3 hours of entertainment. I thought, wrongly, that many of the clocks would "go off" at noon and that was disappointing for me. Unfortunately, only a few of the clocks were in working order.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Bristol CT was the birthplace of the American clock industry and this small museum is a tribute to that legacy. Although they may not suggest it, start with the history exhibition near the back of the museum to get a good overview of the industry and its place in American history. Then wander through the two historic buildings to marvel... More

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Bristol Connecticut USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Bristol CT was once the clock making hub of the country manufacturing and shipping millions of clocks and watches per year all over the world with the best known brands being Sessions and Ingraham. This museum preserves that great history, Great exhibits and knowledgeable people. Great for adults and older kids who have an interest. Even if you never thought... More

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Bristol, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We run a B & B in bristol, CT and our guests often come in specifically to see this museum. Clock lovers are very impressed by the size and quality of their clock collection.

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Ewing, New Jersey
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31 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

We visited the American Clock and Watch Museum and were impressed. The outside appearance doesn't really suggest how large the museum actually is. The collection of primarily clocks and watches was vast. We have previously been to the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania, and I would say that the ACWM covers the same breadth in a smaller... More

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Bristol, CT
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I've been here quite a few times and this place is nothing short of amazing! The people here really know clocks and other timepieces and are happy to share that knowledge with you!, not very far from Hartford, CT. The Collection is huge-all sorts of timepieces from timeclocks to watches to a clock mounted to the outside wall that goes... More

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Sidmouth, Devon U.K.
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

It doesn't look very much from the outside but once I stepped inside the doors I immediately knew that the effort to get there was well worth it. I received a warm greeting from Rose who clearly loves what she does and wants her visitors to thoroughly enjoy the experience. Set in an old clapboard Colonial Style house with huge... More

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