From the earliest “grandfather” clocks to Eli Terry’s revolutionary Pillar & Scroll shelf clock to the popular Mickey Mouse wristwatch, visitors experience a fascinating trip back in time. Over 1,500 timekeepers are on display throughout the museum's eight galleries and many chime and strike on the hour. Casual visitors will find the introductory exhibit very informative as it tells the story of Eli Terry and the developments that lead to the growth of the clock industry in the United States, especially Western Connecticut. Horological enthusiasts will marvel at the museum's extensive collection of American-made timekeepers.
All of the galleries are self-guided. Visitors may sign up for one of our regular guided tours in advance. Families are encouraged to try the scavenger hunt. Cell phone audio tours are free with the price of admission. The museum gift shop has a variety of time-related products as well as mechanical toys and dolls. Family programs, clock/watch care and identification programs, and special events are scheduled throughout the year.