Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, Zurich

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Hidden within the Beyer retail store, Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich features an impressive collection of watches, clocks, and other objects related to timekeeping. A leading private museum in the field of horology, the museum houses remarkable pieces that have played significant roles in the history of watchmaking, such as an early marine chronometer by Ferdinant Berthoud, a pocket watch with astronomical indications by Auch, and a rare reproduction of the planetarium by De Dondi. Over a dozen delicate and rarely operated automata find their home in the museum, where film clips display them in full motion for visitors. Peruse the walls of the museum, adorned with unique clocks from many different points in history. Arrange your visit to Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich and discover more family-friendly attractions in Zurich using our Zurich vacation trip planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    We went with no expectation in the clock Museum, mainly we visited, a little more to exploit our Zurich card (free entrance). We ran first twice, because it simply is housed in the basement of the watch business and is not really noticeable from the outside. The Lady in the clock Museum was very nice and helpful, and stood for any questions on the matter at the disposal. For me, particularly the very old watches were interesting as well as fun items, like a face that rolls his eyes to indicate the current time, and the like. The objects are written in German, other languages a Tablet is provided (I think at no extra charge). I would have liked some better explanations when the individual pieces, but overall we were very happy with our visit.
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  • August 15, 2017
    For me even the entry is "cool" because you go through very posh watch shop Rolex, Omega etc./; inside for 8CHF, you get ipad with lots of information about every single watch with videos of some atyp...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This is an amazing place with exhibits from the early Egyptian water clock to watches that were worn by astronauts in space. If time permits, ask the caretaker to turn on some of the mechanical watche...  more »
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  • Absolutely fascinating!!! Unique pieces and really well presented! It's easy to miss so I highly recommend not to! Even if you are not into watches it's a must when visiting Zurich! Plus the stuff is very nice! 😀
  • Incredible pieces, interactive informations (in various languages) provided with an iPad handed to the visitor. Very generous of the Beyer family to share this amazing collection. Free with Zurich card.
  • We were at the end of a 10-day trip to Switzerland and the last day was spent in Zurich. At the beginning of the trip we went to the Patek Phillipe museum in Geneva and they have a very nice and extensive collection. However, while the Beyer Watch Museum is smaller, we felt we got more out of it. It is small and wide ranging and we were handed an iPad with a video and text accompaniment to the exhibits. While this must still be a work in progress, it was an excellent overview and explanation of the clocks and watches on display. It is small - really only two rooms but it is a very nice collection that covers a lot of history. A pleasant surprise were two George Daniels watches which I had never before seen in person. Another is an extraordinary clock that synchronizes a small watch called a sympathetic pendulum (the french name sounds much better than my translation!). The store itself has many fine brands and watches - someday perhaps I can afford one! A gem of a museum. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. They also have a small selection of nice books.
  • Very sentences museum and saw a very old watch hours and hours to be hidden and can not be seen for children you can imagine and laugh out loud .... There is a very nice man works helped me to know every hour of anytime, anywhere😘😙
  • Good place to visit with kids ..

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