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The Clockmakers' Museum, London

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The Clockmakers' Museum in London, England is a collection of clocks, watches and other horological items which belongs to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, which is one of the City of London Livery Companies. Until October 2014 it was housed in a gallery at the Guildhall and admission was free. On 22 October 2015 the new display of the collection was officially opened by Princess Anne at the Science Museum in London, where it can be seen on the second floor. Admission remains free.


The Clockmakers' Collection was begun in 1814, and is the oldest collection specifically of clocks and watches in the world. It has been open to the public since 1874. The majority of items in the collection range from c.1600 to c.1850. The most important pieces include the marine timekeepers, in particular the celebrated fifth marine timekeeper completed by John Harrison in 1770 (H5).


Guildhall Library holds the Library of Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, one of the major publicly accessible collections of printed materials and manuscripts on British horology.
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  • Often missed by visitors to the Science Museum and yes it’s a tad specialist but it is a manageable gallery where you can cover every display easily.  more »
  • We wondered why the taxi driver could not find this place on Commercial road. It is NOT THERE any more. Having had a fruitless search, we rang the number to be told it had moved to the Science...  more »
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  • A small but delightful display of the British clockwork ingenuity that will not fail to impress. Beware the Google Map directions take you to the rear of the building next to Imperial College building. A very pretty lady came out on seeing me wandering around trying to find my bearings and took me to the entrance which was quite a walk. You should go to science museum 2ND floor. It's free.
  • The exhibits cover wide range of watches and clocks of various period, showing well decorated cases, different movements and escapements. Well introducion of some leading clockmakers and their masterpieces.

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