As I explore Europe, I began to realize that I maybe becoming fond of “specialty museums”. Uhrenmuseum or the Clock Museum is one of those museums that I have visited. It was the first Sunday of the month hence free admission to several museums. Of course, I took advantage of it. Uhrenmuseum was the last one I visited. I was afraid that I would miss it since I got terribly lost for half an hour. I was going in circles before I realized that the museum was literally behind me and I have been bypassing it every time I walk there.
The museum has a diverse collection of clockworks, with over 3,000 on its catalogue. I felt like I’m in a different period each time I enter a room, all of which features clockworks from a different era. There are a variety of mantel clocks, long case clocks and mechanical clocks on display which came in all shapes and sizes. My favorites were the clocks hidden in paintings, ornamented pocket watches and luxurious pendants.
The Clock Museum consists of two collection: one from the school teacher and first director of the museum, Rudolf Kaftan and the collection of writer Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach.