The Beyer Clock and Watch Museum is housed in Zurich's most prestigious shopping district, situated in the very heart of the city, in the premises of the Beyer watch store. The exhibition comprises some 250 pieces from all fields of chronology, which are examined in technical and scientific terms as well as from an art-history point of view. The museum is home to one of the most important horological collections in the world. It recounts the complete history of timekeeping from 1400 BC to the present day.
The exhibition comprises rare and precious exhibits such as shadow sticks, sundials, oil-lamp clocks, hourglasses, water clocks, grandfather clocks, table clocks, pocket watches, wrist-watches and scientific instruments for timekeeping and marine navigation. Historical masterpieces that are rarely set running because of their fragile mechanics come to life in enthralling video clips. The exhibition is constantly being expanded and is widely regarded as one of the most important horological collections in the world. Pay us a visit and also take a look around our museum shop, offering a wide selection of small gifts.
Comprehensive information in six languages
The Beyer Clock and Watch Museum tells the story of time measurement from 1400 BC to the present day in six different languages. Nine iPads are available to visitors, offering information about most of the clocks and watches in German, English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish and French. Three-quarters of our visitors are from abroad. In addition to the informative iPads, our multilingual guides are pleased to provide guests with a personal tour in a number of languages.
Besides the fascinating information about the items on display, you can also watch some video clips about our extremely rare automata. These are only seldom put into operation due to their in part extremely fragile mechanism.
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Short film about the Beyer Clock and Watch Museum
This short film gives you an insight into our Clock and Watch Museum. The museum is home to one of the most important horological collections in the world. It recounts the complete history of timekeeping from 1400 BC to the present day.
Enchanting automata in motion
Beyer’s Clock and Watch Museum houses around 15 extremely rare automata, which have only seldom been put into operation due to their in part extremely fragile mechanism. Now, however, all museum visitors can admire these beautiful mechanical masterpieces in motion, thanks to various film clips shown on a display screen.