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Address: 100 Maple Street, Bristol, CT 06010
Phone Number: +1 860-583-6070
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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My second visit to the museum. $6 entry fee there is a family discount. Not a good place for young kids however a good example of history of clocks in ct.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My second visit to the museum. $6 entry fee there is a family discount. Not a good place for young kids however a good example of history of clocks in ct.

Thank HappyCouple2867
Granby, Ct.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Detailed discussion of important inventions and how one apprentice became a famous name in clock makinf.

Thank GrayTraveler_11
Danbury, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellent museum covering the early development of the American Clock & Watch manufacturing industry. Much to see & learn about many unsung inventive American craftsmen & their talented skills they used to produce useful masterpieces.

Thank Tex P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Fascinating history of clock-making in CT and beyond. Try to be there at noon to hear the clocks chime!

Thank noroachhotel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

I love old clocks . One day we were looking place to go and explore, I found this and we went there to see what they might have. Building was kinda small looking but inside were so many clocks I was nicely surprised. Well spent money and time ...

Thank AKNK2
Farmington, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This is a hidden gem in the Federal Hill section of Bristol. It's like taking a walk back in time. The museum has a phenomenal collection of all kinds of clocks and watches. It's user friendly and a good option for children too. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and always takes the time to answer questions and explain the... More 

Thank travelfreak53
Terryville, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

I went to visit the American Clock & Watch Museum along with my daughter & 6 year old grandson. As expected, my grandson was understandably impressed by the examples of some very early clocks. However, I was not prepared to be just as amazed as him !!! I just never realized the ingenuity & perseverance that was used in making... More 

Thank CTYankee47
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I stumbled across this gem of a museum during one of my meandering "Get lost on purpose" drives from the Scranton PA area and instantly fell in love. I'm fascinated by machinery or all manner and nothing is more beautifully mechanical or cleverly conceived than clockworks! An amazing placenfor anyone to visit, but if you're prone to fixing anything and... More 

Thank John Z
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The staff was very friendly and opened the doors even though it was an off time of year. So many beautiful clocks and the museum was informative and the displays were nicely done.

Thank Jennifer O
Adams, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This exceeded our expectations. It had hundreds of antique and very interesting clocks. There's a big tower clock that's mounted between floors, and you can look down at it and see how it works. I liked the room full of grandfather clocks, chiming one right after another. They let my kids ring the big "curfew bell" in the yard--that was... More 

Thank Robin L

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