Beyer Clock and Watch Museum, Zurich

Beyer Clock and Watch Museum, Zurich

The Beyer Clock and Watch Museum in Zurich represents one of the best private collections of time pieces. This is not surprising, since the Swiss are known for their fine craftsmanship when it comes to watches. The museum represents the private collection of Theodor Beyer, a prominent Swiss family that has owned the Beyer shop since the mid-1700s.

The Beyer shop is the oldest watch and clock store in Switzerland. The museum is located in three rooms in the basement of a retail store and has quite an impressive collection of time-keeping devices. The displays are arranged chronologically (how appropriate for a watch museum), starting with rustic, non-mechanical clocks, such as sundials, then going on up to contemporary pocket watches with intricate detail. There are also grandfather clocks, other wall and floor clocks, shepherds clocks and hour glasses.

Some particularly unique items in the museum include watches made 100% from hardwood or ivory and an original rolling ball clock. There are other items in the museum that are not directly related to watches, including astronomic and geographical tools. Nominal entry fee for adults and children under 12 are free.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 14:00 - 18:00

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Sight Name: Beyer Clock and Watch Museum
Sight Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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