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“Essential Visit when in Jefferson”

Museum of Measurement and Time
Ranked #3 of 24 things to do in Jefferson
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Owner description: Museum features Land Surveying history, the exhibits feature examples of early surveying dating from the 1700's. Items on exhibit are compasses, transits, levels and topographic tools. Our collection includes, maps, documents and historical items from early America. Our maps feature North America, the united States and Texas from the early 1900's. The tools of early surveyors are on display. Our exhibit of early calculation devices, slide rules and other methods represent the development of mathematic tools. The museum includes an extensive clock collection featuring time keeping devices and calendars clocks. Our displays include items which measure, such as scales and barometers. Our collection of salt & pepper shakers includes pairs from each of the states and many vacation destinations. The collection numbers nearly 1000, all are unique.
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Essential Visit when in Jefferson”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

If you end up enjoying the B&Bs in town it is well worth allocating a couple of hours for this museum. The owners are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and generous with their time which makes the whole place a must see if you have any interest in maps, clocks or anything related to measurement.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Nadia P
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English first
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Interesting museum and owners”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

This is a great collection of clocks, survey equipment, mechanical calculators, and other interesting stuff. The owner is a retired surveyor and is very knowledgeable of both the history and the workings of his items. If the place is not busy, the owner will give you a tour and you can focus on the items that are of most interest to you. No fee, but donations accepted.

Visited December 2013
Thank TEMcHugh
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Interesting and free”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

We enjoyed looking at the massive collection of clocks, surveying equipment, and maps. The owners are super nice folks and give you a very personal tour. They do ask for donations, but there is absolutely no pressure.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank HelloDolphin
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Plano, TX
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Small, friendly museum”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

We were given an hour long free personal tour of antique clock, maps, surveying tools, and even a salt & pepper shaker collection! The owners are so, so kind and sweet and the museum is worth going to just to meet them. This is their personal collection that they enjoy sharing with others free of charge.

Visited July 2013
Thank Cassie B
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“very, very interesting and informative”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

I see that someone wrote a review complaining that he was bored by what he found here. That is his right, but I would point out that it is absolutely free of charge, and contains a large collection of important instruments used for surveying and many clocks. The owner is a very interesting and informative man, who shares his 60 years of experience with the public as a service. If one was to bother to do more than a cursory and condescending appraisal, one would meet a fine man who has many interesting stories to tell. On the other hand, I doubt he knows anything about Jersey Shore or American Idol, so if you are looking for entertainment, this is not for you. If you would like to learn something, take some time and meet these fine people and hear their stories. This is one of the most interesting things you will see in Jefferson.

Visited June 2013
Thank willypete
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