American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol

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The American Clock & Watch Museum (ACWM), located in Bristol, Connecticut, is one of a very few museums in the United States dedicated solely to horology, which is the history, science and art of timekeeping and timekeepers. Located in the heart of the historic center of American clockmaking, ACWM is the world's preeminent horological museum in the area of American clocks, primarily industrial-made clocks of the 19th and early 20th century.

The museum is located in a complex including the historic Miles Lewis residence, the partially relocated historic 1728 Barnes homestead, and a modern extension wing in the town of Bristol, Connecticut, the hometown of the former Ingraham Clock Company. Bristol is located north of Interstate Highway 84, about 30 minutes west of Hartford CT or two hours from New York City.

The ACWM is an independent educational institution, operating under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and besides a small professional staff relies on volunteers for much of its manpower and support. Originally known as The Bristol Clock Museum, the institution was started in 1952 and acquired its site the next year.
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  • Such an interesting and fascinating place. The staff is very nice and polite and the history is great. Highly recommend a visit here. 
    Such an interesting and fascinating place. The staff is very nice and polite and the history is great. Highly recommend a visit here.  more »
  • We traveled as a club to Bristol CT from Long Island NY. My only complaint is we only allowed ourselves a couple of hours here! We really, really needed another day or two just inside this museum... 
    We traveled as a club to Bristol CT from Long Island NY. My only complaint is we only allowed ourselves a couple of hours here! We really, really needed another day or two just inside this museum...  more »
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  • What a wonderful place, housed in a beautifully maintained building listed in the national register of historic places. I enjoyed every minute of my visit. If I’d had another hour I would have stayed longer, but ran out of time so must return for a second visit. (umm, yes, puns intended..) Clocks, so prosaic now, but a driver of the industrial revolution in the 1800s as society transitioned from primarily agrarian to more of an industrial one in which work was measured by the hour. Time, hours, deliveries, train schedules, all depended upon clocks. Levi Terry is considered by some to be the founder of the industrial revolution when he became the first to mass produce clocks, with interchangeable parts, making them affordable to the common man. This gave rise to hundreds of clock factories employing thousands of workers in the Bristol CT area, making it the clockmaking capital of the country. This museum honors that past era with thousands of timepieces and informative exhibits. Grandfather clocks galore with handcrafted cabinetry, pocket watches, large clock tower mechanisms. Tick tocks accompany you on your walk through the museum, varying as you pass different clocks. They made me smile. :-)
  • This museum is one of my favorites in Connecticut. So much history, and teaches you more about the American Industrial Revolution. You also can see the tools and see how the clocks and watches were made. Tickets aren't very expensive here either. The workers here are very friendly and are willing to help you out if you have any questions or such. I recommend going to this fascinating museum!

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