American Clock & Watch Museum

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American Clock & Watch Museum

American Clock & Watch Museum
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops • Speciality Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
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. The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:00a.m. To 3:00p.m. Museum members admitted FREE, Adults $8, Seniors $7, Students 6-17 (or with college ID) $5, Children under 6 admitted FREE. Group tour rates available for 10 or more visitors. Call for details.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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paul2k147
Amityville, NY6 contributions
WOW! What a great collection!
Sep 2021
We traveled as a club to Bristol CT from Long Island NY. My only complaint is we only allowed ourselves a couple of hours here! We really, really needed another day or two just inside this museum, so my wife and I are already planning to come back!

Tip #1 - GO FIND THE clock with the flying regulator. It's absolutely amazing to see!!
Tip #2 - Ask more questions. The staff is SUPER helpful and very knowledgeable.
Tip #3 - Allow extra time here as you won't want to leave!
Written September 25, 2021
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Michael M
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AWESOME. THANK YOU PATTI & JEANETTE. MIKE MIKA, A LIFE-LONG COLLECTOR
Sep 2020
I was treated like family by Patti, a knowlegeable clock person. As a life-long clock and watch collector, I was fascinated by the collection. Thank you Patti for the special tour. Hope to see you again in the near future. Mike Mika
Written August 1, 2021
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD6,196 contributions
Excellent history of American clock production.
Jun 2021
We visited here this morning arriving at the 10 AM opening. After paying $7 each senior, the receptionist gave an introduction to touring the assembly of 3 buildings. Our first hall was the most interesting providing the American history(1810-1880) of mass production that led to over 70 area companies involved in the watch industry. Movement size followed the decrease in size of gears built out of wood then the move to brass/steel springs also corresponded to the decrease in case size. Early "peddler selling" to specialized stores to and ordering for specific use; Factory Punch Clocks and US Navy deck timepieces. Rooms of high quality and expensive case clocks, pocket watches and personal wrist watches were displayed.
Written June 25, 2021
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NYBike
Wappingers Falls, NY128 contributions
Very enjoyable visit!
Jan 2021
This is a chock full display of all kinds of time-pieces ... various sized grandfather clocks, old "calendar clocks" (never saw anything like it), as well as smaller clocks. We really enjoyed walking around the exhibits, admiring the craftmanship that went into every clock cabinet - in many cases, true works of art
Written January 31, 2021
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DWeso
Milwaukee, WI170 contributions
Special Interest Museum
Oct 2020 • Solo
I found this place on TripAdvisor. It is definitely a special interest museum. The displays are informative, and nicely composed. I learned much about how clocks were part of Early America. And how the manufacture, sale and distribution helped shape the economy.
If you are interested in Early American history, mechanical devices, and how they work, this museum will be of interest to you. I spent about an hour. I would not recommend it for small children.
Written October 14, 2020
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Janet C
4 contributions
Fun and educational
Mar 2020
We had a wonderful time (no pun intended!) at this museum. Learned so much and were amazed by the sheer number of clocks!
Written August 30, 2020
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Catherine S
Shelton, CT144 contributions
Extremely enjoyable
Nov 2019
Enjoyed walking around and seeing all the old clocks brought back may memories.We especially enjoyed the grandfather clocks the chimes were so relaxing.
Written August 19, 2020
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Rosy1970
Westport, CT90 contributions
Great collection of clocks and very interesting too!
Feb 2020 • Couples
The museum was bigger and more interesting than I had expected. There are so many beautiful clocks and a lot of interesting information. We learned about Connecticut’s role in manufacturing clocks and in the industrial revolution in America. I highly recommend this museum. The set up is very well done and the staff is nice and helpful!
Written February 19, 2020
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT1,306 contributions
Fascinating history of timekeeping
Jan 2020
This fascinating museum is absolutely worth visiting, The exterior is unassuming (it was originally a private home built in the early 1800s), but is absolutely stuffed full of clocks and watches from the past couple of centuries. The clocks are well-curated with explanations and details on how the clocks were built and used, and there's a display of all the pieces that were used to built a mid-19th-century clock. There are also displays on more recent watches and how they compare to earlier versions. The guy behind the counter who sold us our tickets, also gave us a great background on both the house and the museum. The clocks all chime every hour on the hour; be sure to listen for them!
Written January 3, 2020
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Vinny P
Bristol, CT29 contributions
If you Love time!!!
Oct 2019
If you Love time (or timepieces) THIS is the place for you! This is the AMERICAN CLOCK & WATCH MUSEUM!!! Anything that has to do with clocks, watches and timepieces are on display with the History that goes with every piece. From the time you walk in you are transported back into history. Every timepiece is a work or art. The history behind each piece is informative and will give you an insight into the makers of each piece.
Written December 29, 2019
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American Clock & Watch Museum is open:
  • Wed - Sun 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM