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Beyer Clock and Watch Museum

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Address: Bahnhofstrasse 31, Zurich 8001, Switzerland (Formerly Beyer Museum of Time)
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+41 43 344 63 63
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14:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 14:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Beyer Clock and Watch Museum is housed in Zurich's most prestigious...

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 300 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.

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A gem of beauty in the heart of Zurich

Let's begin with the best- the lady in charge of the expo. Incredibly urbane, knowledgeable... and overall nice. She presides over dozens of breathtaking little pieces of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Let's begin with the best- the lady in charge of the expo. Incredibly urbane, knowledgeable... and overall nice. She presides over dozens of breathtaking little pieces of beauty and ingenuity, which you just have to see if you like beauty, or admire the mind of men. Definitely worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the Bayer Clock museum on a bleak day in February 2017 and found it to be surprising good. The museum is small but it is only €8. It has some interesting pieces but the star attraction is the curator whose enthusiasm for the topic is infectious. Walk in a normal person, walk out a clock nerd!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

If you're a watch or clock enthusiast, this museum is a must and it's definitely worth the CHF8 of entrance fee. It is not a huge museum but it's got a wealth of information and history on clocks and watches. I ended up spending more than an hour there.

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Voronezh, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Museum has only one big hall but it has unique collection of all possible clocks and watches that will be interesting for kids and adults. It starts with copy of ancient Egyptian water clocks, unusual clocks that is 500-300 years old, clocks that are real technical miracles and finishes with different beautiful modern clocks and watches. Some of them are... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We walked past the Beyer store without realizing the museum was inside and had to walk around the store to figure out the museum was inside the store. But once we got in and viewed the collection, our mind was blown. The museum is small but the exhibits are exquisite and some of them date back 500 years or more.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

A must stop location during any trip into Zurich, the timepieces are stunning, with some working items and the staff members are very knowledgable and friendly! Make sure you use the iPad for more detailed information about the various items.

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

The Beyer Clock and Watch Museum is a small museum with an incredible collection of clocks and watches. When we arrived, we were given iPads for a self-guided tour. The information on the tour consisted of history background and the functioning of the clocks. It was quite complete, but the best moments were when the gentleman in charge (didn't get... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

This little museum is located inside Beyer watch shop in centre of Zurich. it is conveniently located & has a small but precious collection of antique clocks. For admission fee of 8CHF< once can use an ipad which illustrates the background history of each clock & demonstrates its chimes & mechanisms. Gem of a museum in centre of Zurich

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Extremely interesting pieces. The signs are well written and tell for example about a skeleton clock which is a very simple clock made after the French revolution or a cannon clock that shoots every midday. All the clocks were functioning, even if they included for example a barometer.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Very small Museum - Starting with c1400BC - the Egyptian Water Clock right through c1950!! This museum was founded in 1971 when Theodor Beyer decided to open up his private collection to the Public. We used our ZurichCARD for free entrance, otherwise 8CHF. Trams (on Bahnhofstrasse) - are available to and from Train Station and Lake Zurich.

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