American Clock & Watch Museum

American Clock & Watch Museum The American Clock & Watch Museum celebrates the innovation and artistry of the clock and watch industries through unique collections that engage, educate and enrich its community.

The American Clock & Watch Museum is a private, non-profit educational museum and research institution, established in 1952, to promote the history of American-made clocks & watches. Our mission is to celebrate the innovation and artistry of the clock and watch industries through unique collections that engage, educate, and enrich our community. We do the following to meet our mission:

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The American Clock & Watch Museum is a private, non-profit educational museum and research institution, established in 1952, to promote the history of American-made clocks & watches. Our mission is to celebrate the innovation and artistry of the clock and watch industries through unique collections that engage, educate, and enrich our community. We do the following to meet our mission:

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Join us for a Tick Tock 'Tober Story Time at the museum on Monday, October 11th at 10 a.m.Listen to stories, make a craf...
10/07/2021

Join us for a Tick Tock 'Tober Story Time at the museum on Monday, October 11th at 10 a.m.

Listen to stories, make a craft, have some yummy snacks, and everyone gets to bring home a free book!

This free program is best suited for early elementary aged children. Call the museum at 860-583-6070 to reserve your space.

Thank you to the Bristol Rotary Club, Target of Southington, and Savers of Newington for their support of our story telling programs!

Join us for a Tick Tock 'Tober Story Time at the museum on Monday, October 11th at 10 a.m.

Listen to stories, make a craft, have some yummy snacks, and everyone gets to bring home a free book!

This free program is best suited for early elementary aged children. Call the museum at 860-583-6070 to reserve your space.

Thank you to the Bristol Rotary Club, Target of Southington, and Savers of Newington for their support of our story telling programs!

#WatchWednesday 16-size, 14-jewel English full-plate watch movement. Unusual lever movement, engraved barrel, and diamon...
10/06/2021

#WatchWednesday
16-size, 14-jewel English full-plate watch movement. Unusual lever movement, engraved barrel, and diamond caps on train.

Contract watch made for S.W. Benedict. Samuel Ward Benedict (1798-1880) worked from 1840 to 1865 as a silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker at his shop at 5 Wall Street, New York, NY.

Enjoyed a visit from our colleagues at the Cheney Homestead Museum in Manchester! They are researching the family of clo...
10/05/2021

Enjoyed a visit from our colleagues at the Cheney Homestead Museum in Manchester! They are researching the family of clock maker Timothy Cheney.

Enjoyed a visit from our colleagues at the Cheney Homestead Museum in Manchester! They are researching the family of clock maker Timothy Cheney.

Getting ready for the Pequabuck River Duck Race! Vendors, food, health fair, kids activities & more. From 10-4 today!
10/03/2021

Getting ready for the Pequabuck River Duck Race! Vendors, food, health fair, kids activities & more. From 10-4 today!

Mel Brown gives us our October #FirstFridayFavorite. Mel has a long association with our museum. He has been a member of...
10/01/2021

Mel Brown gives us our October #FirstFridayFavorite. Mel has a long association with our museum. He has been a member of our Board of Directors, a museum Fellow, a docent, one of our Old Cranks, and keeps our clocks in good condition. We feel so lucky to have him at the museum!

His favorite piece in our collection is the Simon Willard clock movement (pictured on the wall behind).

Willard was from Roxbury, MA, and made this movement in 1820. It is an 8-day, weight driven iron and brass movement double dial street timepiece with a small painted iron dial.

Willard made this timepiece to drive two dials visible on the street in front of his clock shop to persons walking either direction. Willard actually mounted the clock on his next door neighbor's building which was taller than his own. Surviving are the clock's movement, pendulum, gear cluster, and one complete set of hands, above, which show remnants of gold leafing. The small dial was only for setting purposes.

It is Mel's favorite because it has iron plates, rather than the more typical brass ones, but it has a brass truss to support the weight of the pendulum. More importantly for Mel is that the movement is entirely hand made. You can still see all the drawing or scribe lines on it.

Mel Brown gives us our October #FirstFridayFavorite. Mel has a long association with our museum. He has been a member of our Board of Directors, a museum Fellow, a docent, one of our Old Cranks, and keeps our clocks in good condition. We feel so lucky to have him at the museum!

His favorite piece in our collection is the Simon Willard clock movement (pictured on the wall behind).

Willard was from Roxbury, MA, and made this movement in 1820. It is an 8-day, weight driven iron and brass movement double dial street timepiece with a small painted iron dial.

Willard made this timepiece to drive two dials visible on the street in front of his clock shop to persons walking either direction. Willard actually mounted the clock on his next door neighbor's building which was taller than his own. Surviving are the clock's movement, pendulum, gear cluster, and one complete set of hands, above, which show remnants of gold leafing. The small dial was only for setting purposes.

It is Mel's favorite because it has iron plates, rather than the more typical brass ones, but it has a brass truss to support the weight of the pendulum. More importantly for Mel is that the movement is entirely hand made. You can still see all the drawing or scribe lines on it.

09/26/2021
Mum Festival 2022 with Miss Mum Camryn Patton
09/25/2021

Mum Festival 2022 with Miss Mum Camryn Patton

Mum Festival 2022 with Miss Mum Camryn Patton

It’s a beautiful day at the 59th Mum Festival! Stop down and see us!
09/25/2021

It’s a beautiful day at the 59th Mum Festival! Stop down and see us!

It’s a beautiful day at the 59th Mum Festival! Stop down and see us!

We are so happy to be taking part in the 59th Mum Festival! Stop down on Saturday or Sunday to visit us in Booth #3.
09/24/2021
The Bristol Mum Festival

We are so happy to be taking part in the 59th Mum Festival! Stop down on Saturday or Sunday to visit us in Booth #3.

The Bristol Mum Festival

#WatchWednesdayNew England Watch Co., Waterbury, CT. Padishah Pocket Watch, made between 1898 and 1914. This watch was r...
09/22/2021

#WatchWednesday
New England Watch Co., Waterbury, CT. Padishah Pocket Watch, made between 1898 and 1914. This watch was relatively inexpensive and known to be very reliable. During its production, demand for the watch was so great that in 1899 the company actually stopped all advertising for it, in order to allow production to catch up with the demand. Of the inexpensive, cheap watches of the day, the Padishah was known as the most reliable and best buy for the money.

#WatchWednesday
New England Watch Co., Waterbury, CT. Padishah Pocket Watch, made between 1898 and 1914. This watch was relatively inexpensive and known to be very reliable. During its production, demand for the watch was so great that in 1899 the company actually stopped all advertising for it, in order to allow production to catch up with the demand. Of the inexpensive, cheap watches of the day, the Padishah was known as the most reliable and best buy for the money.

Taking a moment on #NationalNewYorkDay to feature some of the wonderful clocks in our collection that were made in the E...
09/21/2021

Taking a moment on #NationalNewYorkDay to feature some of the wonderful clocks in our collection that were made in the Empire State!

Taking a moment on #NationalNewYorkDay to feature some of the wonderful clocks in our collection that were made in the Empire State!

We loved being the first stop on this Bob Neff tour group’s Mystery Tour today!
09/20/2021

We loved being the first stop on this Bob Neff tour group’s Mystery Tour today!

We loved being the first stop on this Bob Neff tour group’s Mystery Tour today!

09/17/2021
Wine, Women & Watches

Thank you to everyone who supported our Wine, Women & Watches fundraiser! We hope you enjoyed the virtual program last night.

Today is Wine, Women & #WatchWednesday! We’re so excited for our virtual fundraiser tomorrow evening. Here’s a sneak pee...
09/15/2021

Today is Wine, Women & #WatchWednesday! We’re so excited for our virtual fundraiser tomorrow evening. Here’s a sneak peek at some of our drawing prizes! Thanks to Cafe Real, Bakery On Maple, Dusty Dude Woodworks, and Target for donating toward these great prizes!

We still have a few spots left if you would like to join in the fun. Visit our website at clockmuseum.org or call the museum at 860-583-6070 to buy your ticket today.

Our Wine, Women & Watches fundraiser is only a week away! Have you purchased your tickets for this fun event? Below are ...
09/09/2021

Our Wine, Women & Watches fundraiser is only a week away! Have you purchased your tickets for this fun event?

Below are sneak peeks of SOME of the great segments that we will show during our virtual program.

Visit our website at ClockAndWatchMuseum.org to get your ticket and wine party package now! #acwmwineparty

#WatchWednesday #dadjokes
09/08/2021

#WatchWednesday #dadjokes

#WatchWednesday #dadjokes

September 7th is National New Hampshire Day, recognizing the 9th state to join the Union. #nationalnewhampshiredayToday,...
09/07/2021

September 7th is National New Hampshire Day, recognizing the 9th state to join the Union. #nationalnewhampshireday

Today, we're recognizing some of the wonderful clock makers that came from the state, by featuring some New Hampshire-made clocks from our collection:

Left: 8-day, time and strike weight driven brass movement tall clock made in 1815 by Benjamin Morrill of Boscawen, NH. Morrill was a prolific clock maker from about 1815 until about 1840. This tall clock has a maple case, banded with mahogany. The dial was made by Nolan & Curtis of Boston.

Center: 8-day, weight driven brass movement wall clock, made in 1835 by Abiel Chandler of Concord, NH. This simple style of timepiece with Empire mirror front is generally called a "New Hampshire mirror clock".

Right: 30-hour, time and strike weight driven wood movement tall clock, c.1800, made by Robinson Perkins of Jaffrey, NH. Perkins was trained as a blacksmith, but not liking that profession became a clock maker and silversmith. His painted wooden dials were numbered, this one shows No. 38. The clock has maple plates and gears and is housed in a primitive New Hampshire-style birch case .

09/05/2021

Wine, Women & Watches is less that 2 weeks away! Have you gotten your ticket yet? Contact the museum at ClockMuseum.org to buy yours today!

ATTENTION CT FAMILIES! This is the last weekend to take part in Connecticut Summer at the Museum, a program where Connec...
09/04/2021

ATTENTION CT FAMILIES!
This is the last weekend to take part in Connecticut Summer at the Museum, a program where Connecticut kids 18 years and under plus one accompanying Connecticut-resident adult can visit our museum free of charge.

Whether you are a CT resident or are coming in from out of state, there is plenty of fun for everyone! We will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and look forward to seeing you!
#CTSummerMuseums #ctvisit

ATTENTION CT FAMILIES!
This is the last weekend to take part in Connecticut Summer at the Museum, a program where Connecticut kids 18 years and under plus one accompanying Connecticut-resident adult can visit our museum free of charge.

Whether you are a CT resident or are coming in from out of state, there is plenty of fun for everyone! We will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and look forward to seeing you!
#CTSummerMuseums #ctvisit

September's #FirstFridayFavorite!ACWM Board member, photographer, and scholar, Francis Cooley, chose this Chauncey Pomer...
09/03/2021

September's #FirstFridayFavorite!

ACWM Board member, photographer, and scholar, Francis Cooley, chose this Chauncey Pomeroy clock as his favorite piece in our museum.

This large column and cornice type shelf clock runs on a weight-driven brass movement. This unusual one year clock was made by Chauncey in 1835 and owned by his brother Noah. It is believed to be the only clock of its kind made in Connecticut.

Francis finds this piece "exquisite." He loves the painted floral still lives that flank the open glass center panel of the clock for several reasons: they are reminiscent of his own floral photography, and he likes the contrast shown on the piece between nature (flowers) and industrialism with the exposed mechanism of the clock. Francis also admires the high craftsmanship of the woodwork that he says, we unfortunately don't often see today.

September's #FirstFridayFavorite!

ACWM Board member, photographer, and scholar, Francis Cooley, chose this Chauncey Pomeroy clock as his favorite piece in our museum.

This large column and cornice type shelf clock runs on a weight-driven brass movement. This unusual one year clock was made by Chauncey in 1835 and owned by his brother Noah. It is believed to be the only clock of its kind made in Connecticut.

Francis finds this piece "exquisite." He loves the painted floral still lives that flank the open glass center panel of the clock for several reasons: they are reminiscent of his own floral photography, and he likes the contrast shown on the piece between nature (flowers) and industrialism with the exposed mechanism of the clock. Francis also admires the high craftsmanship of the woodwork that he says, we unfortunately don't often see today.

09/03/2021

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#WatchWednesdayBest wishes to all the students who are going back to school. Have a great year!
09/01/2021

#WatchWednesday

Best wishes to all the students who are going back to school. Have a great year!

#WatchWednesday

Best wishes to all the students who are going back to school. Have a great year!

#nationalredwineday is the perfect opportunity to buy your ticket for our Wine, Women & Watches fundraiser!  This year's...
08/28/2021

#nationalredwineday is the perfect opportunity to buy your ticket for our Wine, Women & Watches fundraiser! This year's virtual event will be on Thursday, September 16th at 7pm.

Your ticket gives you access to our livestream event, drawings for fun prizes, and a wine party package to be picked up at the museum that contains a bottle of wine (red or white), festive cocktail napkins, assorted chocolates, and more!

The livestream program includes:
* Mixing it Up with the Watchmen - showing fun and different ways to enjoy wine
* JR Rusgrove, Bristol restaurateur, demonstrating how to assemble a festive charcuterie board
* The story of Candace Robert’s, an early 19th century clock face painter and life of the party
* Jim Smith from Global Wines, Inc. will lead “Acidity and Wine", talking about pH levels (not too much science!) and make some food pairing recommendations.

Visit www.ClockAndWatchMuseum.org/events to buy your tickets online, or call the museum at 860-583-6070.

Shown are Andy Adams, ACWM Board member, and Eduardo Garces, from Cafe Real, making a Cabernet Chocolate Latte. This is one of the recipes included in the party packs!

#nationaldogdayLate 18th century watch key with image of dog. Early pocket watches utilized a special key to wind the wa...
08/26/2021

#nationaldogday
Late 18th century watch key with image of dog.

Early pocket watches utilized a special key to wind the watch and to set the time. Key sizes varied since they had to fit the different size arbors on the watch. They were usually around a inch and a half in length and were attached to the pocket watch chain or chatelaine.

#nationaldogday
Late 18th century watch key with image of dog.

Early pocket watches utilized a special key to wind the watch and to set the time. Key sizes varied since they had to fit the different size arbors on the watch. They were usually around a inch and a half in length and were attached to the pocket watch chain or chatelaine.

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow (Tuesday 8/24) at 10am for our last Tick Tock Tuesday story time of the summer! Jenn wi...
08/23/2021

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow (Tuesday 8/24) at 10am for our last Tick Tock Tuesday story time of the summer! Jenn will be back reading stories, we’ll have crafts and snacks, and everyone gets to bring home a free book!

This program is best for early elementary aged children. Call the museum at 860-583-6070 to reserve your spot.

It’s time to explore! This summer, the American Clock & Watch Museum is free for Connecticut kids 18 years old and under...
08/21/2021

It’s time to explore! This summer, the American Clock & Watch Museum is free for Connecticut kids 18 years old and under. Plan your trip today - we are open Wednesday - Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.!
#CTSummerMuseums #CTvisit

It’s time to explore! This summer, the American Clock & Watch Museum is free for Connecticut kids 18 years old and under. Plan your trip today - we are open Wednesday - Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.!
#CTSummerMuseums #CTvisit

Today is #NationalRadioDay. Did you know that the E. Ingraham Company, who was primarily known for their clock making, a...
08/20/2021

Today is #NationalRadioDay.
Did you know that the E. Ingraham Company, who was primarily known for their clock making, also designed and manufactured special radio cabinets? Ingraham was famous for their ability to shape wood. They used these skills to design quality radio cabinets that featured curved or conical speaker grills and curved wood on their tops and sides.

Companies such as Emerson, GE, Firestone, and Stomberg Carlson hired Ingraham to produce their radio cabinets.

The 1938-39 E. Ingraham Company catalog shown here shows several of their radio cabinet designs.

#NationalAviationDayWorld War II era 8-day, spring driven brass lever movement "A.F.U.S. Army Type A-11" airplane clock....
08/19/2021

#NationalAviationDay
World War II era 8-day, spring driven brass lever movement "A.F.U.S. Army Type A-11" airplane clock. Now housed in a small custom-made mahogany box, the clock originally fit into an airplane cockpit.

#NationalAviationDay
World War II era 8-day, spring driven brass lever movement "A.F.U.S. Army Type A-11" airplane clock. Now housed in a small custom-made mahogany box, the clock originally fit into an airplane cockpit.

#WatchWednesdayVintage Timex advertisement
08/18/2021

#WatchWednesday
Vintage Timex advertisement

#WatchWednesday
Vintage Timex advertisement

Today is #NationalNonprofitDay, a day dedicated to recognizing the positive impact that nonprofits have on the community...
08/17/2021

Today is #NationalNonprofitDay, a day dedicated to recognizing the positive impact that nonprofits have on the community and the world.

In 1952, our nonprofit museum was founded as the Bristol Clock Museum to preserve the history, artifacts, and memorabilia of the clock manufacturing industry that was so vital to the community of Bristol, CT. Several years later, the museum's name was changed to the American Clock & Watch Museum to reflect the growth of its collections and the national interest and engagement it garnered.

Today, our mission is to celebrate the innovation and artistry of the American clock and watch industries through unique collections that engage, educate and enrich its community. We are pleased to share our story with visitors from all over the country and the world!

Today is #NationalNonprofitDay, a day dedicated to recognizing the positive impact that nonprofits have on the community and the world.

In 1952, our nonprofit museum was founded as the Bristol Clock Museum to preserve the history, artifacts, and memorabilia of the clock manufacturing industry that was so vital to the community of Bristol, CT. Several years later, the museum's name was changed to the American Clock & Watch Museum to reflect the growth of its collections and the national interest and engagement it garnered.

Today, our mission is to celebrate the innovation and artistry of the American clock and watch industries through unique collections that engage, educate and enrich its community. We are pleased to share our story with visitors from all over the country and the world!

Address

100 Maple Street
Bristol, CT
06010

General information

Winter Season: ACWM is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Thanksgiving - March. The museum is open by appointment only on other days.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10am - 3pm
Thursday 10am - 3pm
Friday 10am - 3pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm
Sunday 10am - 3pm

Telephone

(860) 583-6070

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My great grandmother had this clock and gave it to me 30+ years ago. It's made by New Haven. Can anyone tell me something about this clock? (I cant find much about it on the web); Thanks
old waltham . I WANT TO SELL . RATE?
We have a version of George Fredrick Scotson-Clark's "Eighty Years Ago - Buying A Waltham Watch" that is in relief. I believe it was done by a third party, but done very well. However, in researching this I found some discrepancies which I am trying to resolve. The Waltham Watch Co. was founded in 1850, 80 years out put's them at 1930, the artist died in 1927. To me there is a disconnect. Did Waltham own the copyright on this and publish it as they saw fit? I have seen a version that says "Ninety Years Ago....", so I am thinking this is an advertising piece that they used at different intervals and Scotson-Clarks original was simply the etching without text. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Also, does anyone know if Waltham created the relief version that I have? Thanks.
The best room to be in is the big room where all the chimes go off on or near the hour :)
Crossword clue from yesterday: "Clockmaker _____ Terry" and I was able to impress everyone with my confident answer. :)
A wonderful day trip destination which I have recommended to many people! Such beautifully crafted pieces!
Can you help me to identify this clock case?
#terriblejoketuesday
We wanted to reach out again to inform you that American Clock & Watch Museum has been featured in Best Winter Weekend Getaway at Mohawk State Park by Step Outside! Whether you’re searching for invigorating hikes with breathtaking views or the most idyllic places to kayak in your area, Step Outside is the leader in outdoor exploration. Between spotlighting the best local shops and retailers to covering all of the outdoor recreation you can dream about, Step Outside will get you pointed in the right direction. Celebrate being outdoors and share this post with your followers! Tag us with @StepOutsideUSA.
We are pleased to inform you that American Clock & Watch Museum has been featured in Best Winter Weekend Getaway at Mohawk State Park by Step Outside! Whether you’re searching for invigorating hikes with breathtaking views or the most idyllic places to kayak in your area, Step Outside is the leader in outdoor exploration. Between spotlighting the best local shops and retailers to covering all of the outdoor recreation you can dream about, Step Outside will get you pointed in the right direction. Celebrate being outdoors and share this post with your followers! Tag us with @StepOutsideUSA.
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