Carousel of wristwatches in a store, 2018.
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Museums for Clocks & Watches

Okay, I’m writing a super easy post tonight, which will go live tomorrow at 8:33 a.m. In contrast to the other blogs I’ve kept, with which I have written posts and published them immediately, with The Pragmatic Historian my goal has been to write posts ahead of time and schedule them.

It was bound to happen sooner or later, but here I am on a Wednesday night after a full day of writing and editing and I don’t have the brain power left to write a proper post. It’s not for lack of ideas, mind, but the topics I have lined up to discuss are too complicated to simply dash off.

I mean, shoot, I thought talking about “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” in my last post would be easy. Instead, it took me several hours to research and write and weighs in at close to 1,500 words long. Time for a quickie post.

In keeping with the visual theme of my blog, let’s share more resources related to timepieces.

Somewhere along my online wanderings, I recently ran across a museum dedicated to clocks and watches. I should have known there’d be a museum for clocks and watches. And then I did a Google search this evening to find it again and discovered there are at least TWO clock and watch museums in the United States.

There’s the National Watch & Clock Museum in Colombia, Pennsylvania, and there’s the American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut.

I also discovered a Clock & Watch Museum in Mechelen, Belgium.

Perhaps there are other clock and watch museums out there that do not have a web presence. If you know of any, please share the details in the comments.

Have you ever heard the term ‘horology’? I hadn’t until I was poking around on these websites. Horology is both the study of measuring time and the craft of creating timepieces such as clocks and watches.

And that, there, is all the brain power I have left for writing a blog post tonight.