100 Maple St., Bristol, Connecticut
Here you will see an exceptional collection of American timepieces, including jeweled watches, alarm clocks, and wall clocks—many still running.
The museum is housed in an 1801 building called the Miles Lewis House. The addition of the Ebenezer Barnes Wing, which has paneling that comes from a 1728 house of that name, extends the museum into an authentic early American sundial garden. The collection includes examples from early American clockmakers, many of whom lived nearby, as well as timepieces of the 20th century.
Among the exhibits are comic character watches displayed in glass cases, papier-mâché shelf clocks in the kitchen of the old house, Hickory Dickory Dock clocks, and dozens of tall grandfather clocks that strike and chime on the hour.
The Edward Ingraham Memor-ial Wing is dedicated to Bristol’s clockmaking history.
Open Apr.–Nov. Closed Thanksgiving. Admission charged.