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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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  • Not too many, but adequate for a watch museum. Unlike other watch brand's museums, Beyer shows history in an objective manner.  more »
  • A tiny little space with a number of exotic clocks, watches, and curiosities. I thought it was worth 30 minutes but some others in my group wanted to spend 2 hrs there.  more »
  • Small but nice this is watch Museum in the watch business Beyer on the Bahnhofstrasse. Friendly, low entry price, and unique watches from all eras make the must-see Museum for the interested collectors or fans. The watches are well sign-posted, a small library invites you to sit and browse in the watch books, videos complement the exhibition.
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  • 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.
  • As a watch freak myself, I've been to virtually all watch stores on the Bahnhofstrasse. No store has the service of Beyer, that's why whenever I need to buy or service a watch, or even ask questions about a watch I'm interested in, Beyer is always the top choice for me. They're extremely friendly. I even got a beautiful christmas and new year card, personally signed by the staff. Not only does everything apply which I mentioned so far, they also represent a very wide variety of brands! If you're interested in getting a watch you should definitely stop by here, you won't be disappointed.
  • Excellent museum! Not very large but has incredible pieces. The curator the day I was there gave me what was a personal tour. He clearly knows and loves watches and clocks. This is one of these little gems that is not to be missed!
  • Very neat collection of clocks to check out. I really like seeing the various techniques and mechanisms used to track time. An area where you could play hands on with a clock mechanism to learn about how the periodicity of pendulum can be translated into time would be neat. Or just getting to play with some toy clock internals. Neat to check out, could use some interactive displays.
  • Lots of good stuff here, helpful staff.