promoting and preserving the history of American-made clocks and watches

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Join us for a fascinating trip back in time. Learn about American clock & watchmaking with particular emphasis on Connecticut, once the clock capital of the United States.  The museum holds one of the largest displays of American clocks and watches in the world, over 5,500! As visitors travel through the museum’s eight galleries, these timekeeping devices chime and strike upon the hour.  Located in the historic Federal Hill district of Bristol, a portion of the museum is housed in an 1801 Federal-style home with a sundial garden.

Winter Hours
Friday-Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
(Closed Sunday, December 24th)

Exciting Happenings at the AC&WM!

Give the Gift of Time

with a gift membership

to the museum!

Purchase a new or gift membership by 12/31

& receive 15 months for the price of 12, 

plus a unique clock hand bookmark!

For as little as $30, members enjoy many wonderful benefits including free museum admission to see changing displays of rarely seen watches and special exhibitions, discounts in our Museum Store, and advance notice of events and activities.

Visit or call Jill 

                                                                                    at 860-583-6070 to purchase your new or gift membership today!

By the Bell

Our 2017 exhibition, By the Bell, discusses the ways we measured our workday and productivity, and how this impacted our daily lives. The business concept that “time is money” is explored with punch clocks, key and time recorders, and time stamps that evolved over the last 100 years.

By the Bell also explores the impact of a new workday and workplace. As the Industrial Age spawned the creation of factories, new concepts arose such as punctuality, break time, happy hour, and vacation time. Connections among employees and with employers extended beyond the work day through after hours activities, sports teams and civic events. In promoting efficiency, the new workplace also redefined our relationships with time and each other.

This exhibit was made possible by the following sponsors:

Punch Clock Sponsor
DaCruz Manufacturing

Lunch Whistle Sponsors

Radcliff Wire

Tollman Spring Co. Inc.

Tracy-Driscoll Insurance Agency

Ultimate Wireform, Inc.

Yarde Metals


100 Maple Street
Bristol, CT 06010