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, the museum is housed in an 1801 Federal-style home with a sundial garden. 

Exciting Happenings at the AC&WM!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Gear up for one of the greatest parties

Click here to purchase tickets!

Cheers to our Sponsors
their support of this event!

Jeweled Movements

Noble Wealth Advisory Group

Watch Crystals

Bristol Hospital

Quinoco Energy

Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP

Brass Gears

Main Street Community Foundation

Sunday, August 27, 2017
Tours leave at 1:00, 2:15, and 3:30 p.m.

Join us for the 3rd Annual Tour 
of Bristol's Historic Federal Hill area
and find out what life was like in Bristol during
the first World War!

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I, this tour will focus on Bristol’s involvement in the war. Participants will hear stories about our local soldiers, how women supported the war effort, wartime production in our local industries, life on the homefront, and more. This fully narrated driving tour is presented by the American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol Historical Society, and Bristol Federal Hill Association.

After the tour, at 5:00 p.m., stay for a free concert on the Federal Hill Green. Bring a chair or blanket, pack a picnic and enjoy this fun, community event.

Thank you to our event sponsors:
Briar Rosa Center for Aesthetics and Wellness,
Dr. Victoria Rose Biondi & Associates
City True Value Hardware
DuPont Funeral Home
Roland Dumont Agency, Inc.

Come see the World's Largest
Kit-Cat Clock!

There’s a special visitor at the American Clock & Watch Museum! As part of the Kit-Cat Clock company’s 85th anniversary celebration, the museum was chosen to host the company’s world’s largest Kit-Cat clock. With a swing of its tail and a roll of its eyes, these American-made clocks have been keeping time and making people smile since 1932, and the museum is thrilled to help them celebrate.

The AC&WM is also collecting cat food, toys, and monetary donations in support of the Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter.  Come take a selfie with our feline friend and help out our local cats in need.

The clock will be on view through the end of August, making this summer the purr-fect time to visit the museum!

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


The American Clock & Watch Museum is proud to be a Blue Star Museum. Active-duty military personnel and their families receive free admission to the museum from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

Thank you to all who serve!

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Research Your Clock or Watch

Our team of researchers can help you discover more about the rarity and history of your timepiece. $40/request. 

Give to our Annual Fund

Donate to our annual fund drive and you'll preserve time for future generations.

100 Maple Street
Bristol, CT 06010

Sunday, Aug 27 at 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday, Sep 1 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday, Sep 14 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday, Sep 15 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM