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14. Bristol's American Clock & Watch Museum - A Treasury of Innovation

Continue on Rte. 6 east to the jct. of Maple St., Rte. 69 and Rte. 6. Throughout the early and middle 1800's, Bristol was the premiere clock-manufacturing center in the world. To learn about Connecticut clock making and its impact on the American system of manufacturing, take a right on Maple St. and follow to the top of the hill to the American Clock and Watch Museum.

Here you will find the nations finest collection of American manufactured clocks on public display in the Miles Lewis House circa 1801 and adjoining galleries. Today, this impressive legacy is preserved through the Museum's display of over 3,000 timepieces, watches, case clocks, shelf clocks, wall clocks, precision regulators, novelty clocks, tower and church clocks and alarm clocks.

The exhibits trace the beginning of the clock industry from an old clockmakers shop to an early factory to show how Connecticut clock manufacturing gave rise to commercial mass production techniques. The primary emphasis of the museum remains the Connecticut manufactured clock, and the museum's collection is the world's leading public display in this field. Retrace your steps to Rte 6.