Deutsches Uhrenmuseum

The German Clock Museum (German: Deutsches Uhrenmuseum) is situated near the centre of the Black Forest town of Furtwangen im Schwarzwald, a historic centre of clockmaking. It features permanent and temporary exhibits on the history of timekeeping. The museum is affiliated with the local technical college (Fachhochschule).

The museum has an extensive collection of clocks and other artefacts relating to horology, with a certain emphasis on regional products from the Black Forest, but it covers clocks and watches from around the world and spanning from prehistoric times to the present. The work of Robert Gerwig formed a primary basis of the museum.

Among the highlights of its permanent exhibits are:

  • The late 20th century Hans Lang clock, a one-of-a-kind, ultra-complicated, astronomical clock
  • One of the earliest electrically-impulsed pendulum clocks, by Alexander Bain (United Kingdom, ca. 1845)
  • The unique astronomical clock made in 1787 by Benedictine priest Thaddãus Rinderle at St. Peter's Abbey in the Black Forest
  • The monumental musical automaton clock of ca. 1880 by August Noll
  • A mechanical orrery (planetarium) and a Weltmaschine by "Priestermechaniker" Philipp Matthäus Hahn
  • One of the early clocks (Paris, 1680) using a pendulum as a time standard, an invention of Christiaan Huygens.
  • Several large mechanical musical instruments (street organs)
  • An extensive display documenting the history of the cuckoo clock and the many styles of cuckoo clocks made over time
  • An easy-to-follow but comprehensive display outlining the history of the wristwatch
Similar museums
  • Cuckooland Museum
  • Mussee Internationale d'Horlogerie (La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland)
  • Dorf- und Uhrenmuseum (Gütenbach, Germany)
  • National Watch and Clock Museum (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States)
  • Museum fũr Uhren und Mechanische Music (Oberhofen am Thunersee, Switzerland)
  • Royal Observatory, Greenwich (Greenwich, London, England)
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