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. 

Save the Date!

Gear up for one of the greatest parties of all time!

Wine, Women & Watches

Thursday, September 14, 2017

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Monday, July 10, 2017

Join us 
on Sunday, August 27th 
for the 3rd Annual Tour 
of Bristol's Historic Federal Hill area!

What was life like in Bristol during the First World War?

As you travel on our 60-minute, fully narrated, driving tour of Federal Hill and its surrounding area, learn about the city and its activities in support of the Great War. Hear stories about our local soldiers, how women supported the war effort, wartime production in our local industries, and what life was like on the home front.

Tours leave at 1:00, 2:15, and 3:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 each (non-refundable). Advanced reservations required. Call 860-583-6070 to purchase your seat.

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

This tour is presented by the American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol Federal Hill Association, and Bristol Historical Society.

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.

Come take a selfie with our feline friend. The clock will be on view through July making this 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.

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

Friday, Jul 7 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday, Jul 21 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday, Aug 4 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday, Aug 18 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM