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American Clock and Watch Museum

100 Maple Street, Bristol, CT 06010
860-583-6070
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Ranked #2 of 10 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 timepieces in the world! A special exhibit for 2013 will be “Art Deco Timepieces: Treasures of the Jazz Age”. As cultural 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 horological and mechanical products. Handicap accessible. Allow 1 to 1.5 hours. Open April 6 to December 8, 2013, seven days a week, 10:00 to 5:00. ACWM members- FREE, Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children 8-17 $3, Children under 8- FREE. Group tour rates available for 10 or more visitors. « less
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stroller parking
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Bristol Connecticut USA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
4 helpful votes 4 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
30 helpful votes 30 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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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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Seminole, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised on the large collection of American clocks and watches. The employees were very friendly and informative . If you have a thing for clocks it's a must see!

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Philadelphia area
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70 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We're not especially into clocks but still found this a fascinating place. Clocks, some dating to the 1600's were nicely labeled. The 8-10 rooms were packed with examples of almost every kind of historic clock imaginable. The entrance price was affordable ($5-6), and the staff person on duty gave a warm introduction and was eager to share her favorites. It's... More

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NJ
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

I have always been interested in watches and clocks. This museum contains over 2,000 timepieces and the rooms are arranged in an interesting way. I enjoyed looking at clocks and watches of all shapes, sizes and ages. There was also some detailed narration provided in addition to the personal attention offered by staff. The museum is reasonably priced and we... More

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Long Island, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Arriving in the parking lot does not prepare you for the timeless wonders awaiting you inside this ageless work of art. We wanted to bring a gift for our Daughter, because of her love for timepieces. What we encountered left us speechless. She was beside herself with the gift and bruchure we gave her. Disney classic, History on craftsmen and... More

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Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Besides the guided tours, the museum offers you the freedom to look at your own leisure. There are many events and changing exhibits too. Bristol's rich history as well as all aspects of clock and watches can be found here. It is very inexpensive and a perfect day trip for individuals or any size family. The outdoor sundial garden is... More

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