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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. 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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Amazing find!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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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 

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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.

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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 

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East Hartford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Even though I'm only about 30 minutes from here, this was my first visit. I'm not particularly interested in timepieces - our primary interest was an exhibit on timepieces in literature. I was very surprised by the quality of the collection and I gained an appreciation for the role Connecticut and Bristol played in the evolution of timepieces. I now... More 

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Bristol, Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Took a self guide tour of the museum on a state resident free day. Great displays related to the early manufacturing of clock in Bristol and Terryville. Wooden movements early springs steeple clock that is over 2 stories high. Very interesting way to spend a couple of hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

While visiting my parents in Bristol they suggested I visit this museum. I'm not a clock enthusiast, but I spent two hours in the place anyway! It just sort of draws you in so you can't help but be interested. Loved the collection of pocket watches with intricate engravings and the large two-story clock with the working mechanism you can... More 

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Terryville, CT
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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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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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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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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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