Tymperleys now houses part of the famous Bernard Mason Collection,one of the largest collections of clocks in Britain. All were made in Colchester between 1640 and 1840 and give a fascinating insight into this specialist trade.The Museum can be found off Trinity Street, close to the Library.
This is a free museum.
Tymperleys Clock Museum
you can Take some time out in the town centre's only oasis of calm. Step back in time and visit the fifteenth century timber framed house, once the home to William Gilberd, scientist and physician to Elizabeth I, and now home to Colchester's fine collection of clocks and watches.
Tymperleys now houses part of the famous Bernard Mason Collection, one of the largest collections of clocks in Britain. All the clocks were made in Colchester between 1640 and 1840 and give a fascinating insight into this specialist trade.
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm
Closed from November to March.
As mentioned before, the clock museum is not very large or particularly exciting (especially for children, they will not appreciate being taken there trust me) but it is a nice place to visit and gain a bit more of a feel of the culture of Colchester if you are already in the area and stuck for something to do as it is in the middle of the town centre (but still tucked away quite nicely). The best bit about the museum is probably the garden it is set in, it has a lovely courtyard which is a pleasant place to sit and eat if the weather is nice.
This museum is free so you can't really complain but i felt it could have been made a bit more exciting for children. It's a lovely old building and they have a wide range of exhibits but it only takes 10 mins to do the whole thing, but as i say it is free and if it's raining.
If you like to watch the seconds of your life pass by while you are doing things that dont make much sense, or if you just love clocks, then this museum is the place to be. For a free museum, it is really nice, its not big, but that means you dont have to spend much time there, thats not the point. you go in, experience a bit of clock, appreciate it for what it is, and come out. going around really nice small buildings is just as much part of the fun. maybe not worth a trip from far away, but if you are in the town, dont miss out.
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