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. Using our international travel planner, Zurich attractions like Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This is a wonderful little "museum" in the basement of the Beyer watch shop (it is confusing if you don't know). We are fans of timepieces and this museum has some unique and delightful pieces.  more »
  • A must for watch enthusiasts! follow an enthusiastic and competent professionals in this centrally situated Museum with beautiful, partly highly complicated, fascinating pieces by the centuries-old history of time measurement. An iPad with details and movies to the pieces supplied to visitors. Enjoy!
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  • In this timepiece museum tell them with passion about the history of the movement. This is what you expect in Switzerland. The collection is very big and the tour full of beautiful stories. A must.
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  • It's a pretty small museum but informative. All the labels are in German but they do provide an iPad for visitors to look up items in English. But that got old pretty quickly. IMO, they should have just bilingual labels on everything.
  • 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! 😀
  • A small jewel in Zurich. Very nice collection with explanations on a tablet.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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