American Clock & Watch Museum Bristol CT. Photo (c) Michael Uchalid

Thanks to a recent grant from the Bristol Rotary Club, both on and off-site programming for the American Clock & Watch Museum’s young visitors just received an exciting boost. Through the club’s mini-grant program, the museum received funding to assemble two hands-on Please Touch kits.

The funds will enable the museum to purchase clock and watch components that will appeal to children’s tactile and auditory senses as well as their curiosity. The kits will be used in the galleries by visiting school groups, for special needs visitors, for traveling programs, and at fairs and festivals.

The museum’s Executive Director, Patti Philippon said, “The Please Touch boxes give us the opportunity to add another layer to the museum’s programming and aid in the exploration of what makes clocks and watches tick. Handling an object, turning it, feeling its texture and weight, listening to the sound that it makes, will help our younger audience gain a broader understanding of these American-made timepieces.”

The museum is devoted to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the history and science of clocks, watches, and other timekeepers of horological interest; operate a research library with historic and contemporary literature devoted to the history, development, and manufacture of timekeepers; support a publication program to acquire, prepare, edit, publish, and distribute new and reprinted documentary materials relative to clock and watch making and manufacture; encourage the preservation of information, objects, architecture, and historic sites related to American horology; and study and interpret the history of American horology through educational programs for both general audiences and clock enthusiasts, cooperating with other public and private agencies to make programs available to the widest possible audience.

The American Clock & Watch Museum is located at 100 Maple Street, Bristol, Connecticut. The museum houses one of the largest collections of American clocks and watches in the world with approximately 6,000 timepieces in its collection. As visitors travel through the museum’s eight galleries, many timekeeping devices chime and strike upon the hour.  Located in the historic “Federal Hill” district of Bristol, the museum is housed in an 1801 Federal-style home with a sundial garden that is meticulously maintained by the members of the Bristol Garden Club.

The museum is open daily  from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  There is an admission charge. For more information, call 860-583-6070 or go towww.clockandwatchmuseum.org.

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