Clock Museum

The Clock Museum is one of the most noteworthy collections of its kind in the whole of Europe. It was opened in 1921 in the centre of Vienna, and is housed in an authentically styled historical Viennese building resting upon medieval foundation walls.
Every full hour, three whole floors resound with chimes, strikes, music and bells of the countless clocks, all kept to time. The museum leads the public through the development of chronometry and timekeeping technology from the fifteenth century to the present day.
The greatest possible variety of clock types of international provenance are on show. Visitors are amazed by the ingenuity of the picture clocks with hidden dials. The astrononomical clock by David Cajetano is an eighteenth century sensation, with a multitude of technical refinements.
Table clocks on stands with rich figural ornaments manifest the clock's function as a social status symbol. There are exquisite examples of Viennese Biedermeier and belle époque models. A visit to the Clock Museum has the visitor positively dancing to the rhythm of time through a kaleidoscopic history of culture and technology.

© Hertha Hurnaus, Wien Museum