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American Clock and Watch Museum

100 Maple Street, Bristol, CT 06010
+1 860-583-6070
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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-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. « less
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Framingham, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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