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American Clock and Watch Museum

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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. 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.
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2014
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Slingerlands, New York
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Slingerlands, New York
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79 attraction reviews
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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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32 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
14 helpful votes 14 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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76 reviews 76 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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28 reviews 28 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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