The American Clock & Watch Museum celebrates the innovation and artistry of the clock and watch industries
through unique collections that engage, educate and enrich its community.


Mantels for the Season

November 18 - December 30, 2022

Mantels in the museum’s galleries will be decorated by members of some of Bristol's service organizations to showcase how they embody this year's theme, Community Spirit. A specially selected piece from the museum's collection will be incorporated into each display. 

This year's participants include: Quota of Greater Bristol, Rotary Club of Bristol, Exchange Club of Bristol, Bristol Lions Club, Elks Club, and Knights of Columbus, Council 9 Bristol.

After viewing the mantels, visitors should make sure to vote for their favorite. There will be special containers in the museum's reception area where they can cast a vote for their favorite mantel. $1 = 1 vote. The organization that designed the winning mantel will receive 50% of the total amount collected. 

This event is supported by Bristol Health and Coppermine Advisors, LLC.

Author Talk with Mary Jane Dapkus

Make plans to visit the American Clock & Watch Museum on Thursday, December 8th, at 6:30 p.m. for a talk presented by Mary Jane Dapkus. Former Museum curator and editor of the Timepiece Journal, Mary Jane will share research from her award-winning book, Joseph Ives and the Looking Glass Clock. This fascinating book is filled with never-before-published data and relates the role that this clock design played in a notorious scandal involving Lott Newell, the Lewis family, and the headquarters of the Museum—the 1801 Miles Lewis house.

Mary Jane will be available after the talk to sign her book and guests will receive the special member rate for the Joseph Ives book purchased that evening.

The program fee is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Admission to the museum is included. Arrive early or stay late to take in the temporary exhibit, Through the Looking Glass, in the Great Hall. This exhibit delves into the story of Joseph Ives, his famous clock design, and timepieces that help illustrate its important place in Bristol’s clock making history.

Registration requested, but not required. Call the museum 860-583-6070

100 Maple Street
Bristol, CT 06010