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Address: 100 Maple Street, Bristol, CT 06010
Phone Number: +1 860-583-6070
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Description: Join us for a fascinating trip back in time. Learn about American clock...
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. 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 to December. 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.
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What looks like a small building from the outside turns out to be huge inside. We spent much more time than I thought we would because of all the timepieces on display... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Terryville, CT
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Terryville, CT
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

What looks like a small building from the outside turns out to be huge inside. We spent much more time than I thought we would because of all the timepieces on display. Fascinating, historical, whimsical and downright interesting! Must see!

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Bristol, CT
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This place is simply amazing! Clocks and other timepieces from medieval times through the 60's, 5,000+ items on display! A must see if you're in the area.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The Bristol area was the Silicon Valley of its day. The heart of the North American clock and watch industry. After a visit, you realize this if you drive down Jerome avenue turn right and head toward Terryville and Thomaston.

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Slingerlands, New York
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499 reviews 499 reviews
83 attraction reviews
285 helpful votes 285 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

It is deceiving from the outside, as you do not have an idea of how large the collection really is. Many rooms on multiple levels. Whatever your taste...floor clocks, mantle clocks, banjo clocks, and on and on.....you can see things here that you will not see elsewhere such as the inner workings of a tower clock. Showcase after showcase of... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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214 reviews 214 reviews
54 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Certainly deceiving from the outside, this historical and educational site is amazing. There are several rooms filled with antique clocks and the historical explanation of many. Although it might be a bit limited for younger tourists, it can still be very eye opening. One might check as to the entrance specials as there are promotions. Keep this on your list... More 

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Bristol, Connecticut, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Very unique place, from the small carriage clock to the church clock that goes through the floor they have a great selection. Try and make your visit close to noon and go to the great clock room. Nothing like standing in the middle of the room with all those tall clocks going off. The staff was very friendly and knowledgable... More 

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Fascinating small museum of time pieces . Interesting collections from the small to the tall and everything in between . We enjoyed spending the afternoon there and can't say enough good things about it ! Will definately return in the near future.

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Louisville, KY
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Framingham, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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