Willard House and Clock Museum

Willard House and Clock Museum Step back in time and see where clockmaking began in Central Massachusetts. The Willard Clock Museum features over 75 Willard clocks, tools, 18th and 19th century firearms, and Nipmuc Indian artifacts in a period setting. Come by for a guided tour!

Sometimes you need to clean out your closets! We are cracking up here with this recent discovery! #nationalarchivesweek
06/05/2019

Sometimes you need to clean out your closets! We are cracking up here with this recent discovery! #nationalarchivesweek

04/21/2019

The Willard House and Clock Museum will be closed today, April 21. Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

03/03/2019

Joe K. Walsh and Grant Gordy in concert!

03/02/2019

Willard House and Clock Museum will be closed today, March 2 due to weather.

We will be closed for tours tomorrow, March 3 for the Joe K. Walsh and Grant Gordy concert. There are still tickets available; please call and leave a message to secure your spot!

12/23/2018

Hope you have been nice this year! You are being watched!

Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night! We certainly won't!
11/02/2018

Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night! We certainly won't!

Cheers and Happy Birthday Aaron! #clocksofinstagram #happy261st #aaronwillard #willardhouse #autumnbaby
10/14/2018

Cheers and Happy Birthday Aaron! #clocksofinstagram #happy261st #aaronwillard #willardhouse #autumnbaby

The Connecticut River, called by some "the Nile of America" due to its fertile landscape from overflowing its banks for ...
08/22/2018

The Connecticut River, called by some "the Nile of America" due to its fertile landscape from overflowing its banks for millions of years. Home of dozens of American and Canadian clockmakers.

This guitar keeps perfect time!January 2017 Martin unveiled its two millionth guitar, and it is just our style! With RGM...
07/19/2018

This guitar keeps perfect time!
January 2017 Martin unveiled its two millionth guitar, and it is just our style! With RGM (rgmwatches.com) they created a guitar decorated like a pocket watch, and with a working watch embedded in the headstock. Our director and guitar player/enthusiast, Robert C. Cheney, went to visit it in Nazareth, PA.

To see some lovely close-ups and the specs for this guitar, follow the link: http://bit.ly/2uRj3SO

05/13/2018

Lots of fun today with Blue Parrot!

All apart!
05/12/2018

All apart!

The NAWCC Chapter 8 meeting has moved inside due to the weather. Standing room only for Robert C. Cheney's talk! @ Willa...
05/12/2018

The NAWCC Chapter 8 meeting has moved inside due to the weather. Standing room only for Robert C. Cheney's talk! @ Willard House and Clock Museum

A good day to crochet! Demonstrating some simple crochet by way of granny squares. Come by and see!
04/28/2018

A good day to crochet! Demonstrating some simple crochet by way of granny squares. Come by and see!

Two lectures and a kid's craft in honor of Simon Willard's birthday! #8dayclocks #patenttimepiece #sundials #happybirthd...
04/08/2018

Two lectures and a kid's craft in honor of Simon Willard's birthday! #8dayclocks #patenttimepiece #sundials #happybirthday @ Willard House and Clock Museum

It's Simon Willard's birthday! Just before 2PM and we already have 36 guests!
04/08/2018

It's Simon Willard's birthday! Just before 2PM and we already have 36 guests!

04/01/2018

Happy Easter! The Willard House and Clock Museum will not be open today.

Spring is here and our winter hours are over! Until next January we are open Wednesday through Saturday 10am-4pm and Sun...
03/31/2018

Spring is here and our winter hours are over! Until next January we are open Wednesday through Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm. @ Willard House and Clock Museum

Progress made!
03/24/2018

Progress made!

Cross stitch at the Willard today!
03/24/2018

Cross stitch at the Willard today!

03/24/2018
Tower Clock

March 25, 2018
How Clocks Work
Robert C. Cheney
1 – 3 pm
How do you wind clocks correctly? What do the gears do? What is a pendulum? How does a clock run without electricity? Robert will attempt to clear up the mystery!!
FREE with Museum Admission

03/09/2018
Sun Gazing

Don't get left behind!

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March 2018 Events Lectures:March 11, 20181 – 3pmWhat You Always Wanted to Know About AuctionsRobert C. Cheney Is an au...
03/01/2018

March 2018 Events

Lectures:

March 11, 2018
1 – 3pm
What You Always Wanted to Know About Auctions
Robert C. Cheney
Is an auction the best method of disposing of your antiques? What do you need to know about the auctioneer and the auction house? Should I just sell it all to an antiques dealer? Robert has been Director of Clocks, Watches and Scientific Instruments at Skinner Auctioneers holding two sales yearly with an international audience bidding live, online and on the phone. He is a licensed auctioneer in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
FREE with Museum Admission

March 25, 2018
1 – 3 pm
How Clocks Work
Robert C. Cheney
How do you wind clocks correctly? What do the gears do? What is a pendulum? How does a clock run without electricity? Robert will attempt to clear up the mystery!!
FREE with Museum Admission

Parent/Child Workshops:

March 3, April 8, June 2, 2018
1 – 3 pm
Clocks for Kids!!
Janet Scudder
Join artist Janet Scudder for a series of hands on art workshops for parents and children and begin to explore the magic of keeping time.
The workshops are free with museum admission and the activities, which will feature one activity monthly (simple sun dials, learn about pendulums, fruit clocks), are best for ages 5 - 10. There will be a special, kid friendly tour of the museum at the end of the workshop.

Demonstrations:

March 9, 2018
10 am – 12 noon
Clock Winding
Sarah Mullen
Have you ever wondered what makes a clock tick? Follow Sarah around as she winds and sets the clocks.
FREE with museum admission.

March 24, 2018
2 – 4 pm
Cross Stitch
Sarah Mullen
Cross-stitch is the oldest form of embroidery and can be found all over the world. A cross-stitch sampler was generally stitched by a young girl to learn how to stitch and to record the alphabet. Join us and watch Sarah Mullen demonstrate the process.
FREE with museum admission.

Teddy Bear Tea prepped, but not quite ready to go. Looking forward to seeing everyone and their stuffies!
11/26/2017

Teddy Bear Tea prepped, but not quite ready to go. Looking forward to seeing everyone and their stuffies!

Dueling Banjos Part 2: Blue Parrot (Lindas Abrams and Swicker) at the Willard House! Fun for the whole family! #banjos #...
11/19/2017

Dueling Banjos Part 2: Blue Parrot (Lindas Abrams and Swicker) at the Willard House! Fun for the whole family! #banjos #celticmusic #frenchcanadianmusic #blueparrotmusic

If thy enemy annoy thee, give unto his children a banjo. ~ Janet ScudderMaking toy banjos for Dueling Banjos at the Will...
11/19/2017

If thy enemy annoy thee, give unto his children a banjo. ~ Janet Scudder
Making toy banjos for Dueling Banjos at the Willard House. #childrensactivities #banjos

Busy day today despite the rainy weather! Thank you to the Wayland Senior Center and Lifelong Learning Sherborn for visi...
11/16/2017

Busy day today despite the rainy weather! Thank you to the Wayland Senior Center and Lifelong Learning Sherborn for visiting today!

...and a cross stitch demonstration this afternoon!
10/15/2017

...and a cross stitch demonstration this afternoon!

Time for Pumpkins pumpkin painting this morning...
10/15/2017

Time for Pumpkins pumpkin painting this morning...

Willard House and Clock Museum's cover photo
10/14/2017

Willard House and Clock Museum's cover photo

"The Manufacture of Six Massachusetts Shelf Clocks - a Work in Progress" an excellent lecture given by clock conservator...
10/08/2017

"The Manufacture of Six Massachusetts Shelf Clocks - a Work in Progress" an excellent lecture given by clock conservator David Gow.

Theorem painting on cloth and on paper!
09/17/2017

Theorem painting on cloth and on paper!

Emeline is enjoying her new surroundings!
09/08/2017

Emeline is enjoying her new surroundings!

Did I ever mention that we should add "and wildlife sanctuary" to our title?
07/30/2017

Did I ever mention that we should add "and wildlife sanctuary" to our title?

05/20/2017

Boston 1775's posts, May 17-19, have discussed a masterful orrery created by Mr. Joseph Pope of Boston, a contemporary of our clock making brothers. After nearly escaping a large fire and residing at the governor's house, the orrery went to Harvard College. It is currently part of an exhibit there. This orrery worked beautifully to a point, but then the mechanism would jump. Many tried to repair the problem, but none was able. They called upon Simon Willard to try and after drilling a hole and adding a rivet, it was fixed.

Spring has sprung! What a great day for some gardening!
04/09/2017

Spring has sprung! What a great day for some gardening!

02/03/2017
The Bostonian Society

For anyone who has visited us, this is the older sibling (by two years) of our S. Willard tower clock in the clock shop!

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11 Willard St
North Grafton, MA
01536

3 minute drive, 20 minute walk from the Grafton T station. http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/stations/?stopId=74

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(508) 839-3500

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