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Beyer Clock and Watch Museum

Bahnhofstrasse 31, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
+41 43 344 63 63
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Small, unique, lots of unexpected history

This museum was a bit unassuming at first, as you have to enter through a store full of watches... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sydney, NSW
A small jewel

Don't let the entrance intimidate you. You have to go INTO the high end watch store and it felt a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cynthia F
Seattle, Washington
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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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Bahnhofstrasse 31, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
+41 43 344 63 63
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum was a bit unassuming at first, as you have to enter through a store full of watches that are well out of most people's price ranges. A quick query as to whether the museum was and I was directed to some stairs on...More

Thank jebskulker
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't let the entrance intimidate you. You have to go INTO the high end watch store and it felt a little odd to then be directed to the basement. They only accept cash, 8CHF. Once in the basement museum it's fantastic. If you don't understand...More

1  Thank Cynthia F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this museum on a rainy day. We each got an iPad that provides a fairly detailed description of each exhibit in several languages. The museum is small but the collection is broad and interesting. The gentleman (curator) was very friendly and speaks good English....More

Thank JL_2099
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

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 atypic and very funny actually - dont want to...More

Thank Marie D
Reviewed 8 August 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 watches - they are fantastic!

Thank LorinaBarbalas
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Well worth a visit to see the history of timekeeping from ancient to modern. Visitors are handed an iPad which has a large range of languages installed. Choose your language, key in the reference number of the object you are looking at and a full...More

Thank Formax
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Hidden in the basement of one of Zurich's fine and expensive watch shops is an interesting little museum that welcomes the average tourist (as we were). The collection of watches and clocks is intriguing, especially the items with specific histories. It's not nearly as large...More

1  Thank anicesurpriiiiise
Claudia W, Marketing at Beyer Clock and Watch Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2017

Many thanks for your kind answer. Please note our museum is free of charge with the Zurich card but unfortunately not covered by the swiss pass. We are very sorry, that you had to pay the entrance fee.

Reviewed 4 June 2017

This was free with our ZurichCard, so we stopped by. It is in the basement of a nice watch store, and traces the history of timekeeping from the early days. They provided a free iPad that gave an English translation of everything. It also allowed...More

Thank GeorgeDunaway
Reviewed 3 June 2017

not many would visit a watch musuem that too assoicated with a watch showroom. they have good collection of old traditional clocks and tells you the story about the evolution of the industry through the years.. interesting to watch but slightly on a higher cost

Thank Pramanan
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This is an amazing collection of time piece presented through history. They lend you an IPad loaded with all the details about the pieces on display and should you have any questions, the docent is a font of knowledge.

1  Thank jrzygrl1954
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