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

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It's TIME to Visit Us!

School Tours & Adult Tours

Located in the heart of what was once the world center of clock manufacturing, the American Clock & Watch Museum showcases the history of Connecticut's clockmaking industry.   We welcome tour groups year-round so feel free to call us at 860-583-6070 to schedule your personalized tour today!


School Tours:

While your students are visiting the museum, they will view a two-story tower clock and learn what makes a clock "tick".  They will be fascinated by the chiming of the tall case clocks and they will be challenged to find important clock icons as they wind their way through the museum on a docent-led scavenger hunt.  

If you are looking for a field trip that will delight your students, this is the one to book!  The tour, which includes an orientation session, takes about an hour and a half and can be combined with a trip to the New England Carousel Museum, Barnes Nature Center or the Imagine Nation Museum to complete your day. These venues are nearby and provide areas for your students to enjoy their lunch.

If you are unable to plan a trip to the museum, we would be happy to accommodate your group by scheduling a classroom visit.


Adult/Family Tours:

ACWM accommodates many different types of  groups who would like to tour the museum.  Arrange with our Director of Interpretation by calling 860-583-6070 or click the "Contact Us" section of this site to complete a request form.  We will work with you to tailor a talk to your interests/needs.   


Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more adults.  A $50 non-refundable deposit (covers the cost of the first 10 adults) is required two weeks in advance of your visit to secure the group rate and a tour guide.  Upon your arrival, the deposit will be credited towards your admission costs.  


You can choose one of these topics for your tour:

  • Telling time throughout history
  • A history of the clockmaking industry's impact on Bristol, Connecticut and the world
  • Women's role in the clockmaking industry in the past 300 years
  • Telling time and making your own clock workshop