The Story Of Time – Ireland’s First Clock Museum Opens In Waterford City
The National Museum of Time located in Waterford’s Viking Triangle has opened and will showcase over 600 items spectacular set out over two floors.
The country’s only horological museum and home to the oldest Irish longcase, table clocks and watches in the world…..And the collection is not limited to Ireland – early European timepieces are also on display. This includes clocks and watches from Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Russia, England and as far away as Japan. There are pieces made with tortoise shell to others dating back to the 16th century.
Celebrating the incredible skills of the virtuoso craftsmen who, since the seventeenth century, created timepieces of remarkable beauty and technological genius. A highlight of the collection is the London made William Clement clock from 1663, the earliest example in the world of his innovative mechanism which transformed accurate timepiece-making for subsequent generations. Working turret clocks from the 1590s and 1760s help both children and adults to explore the complex mechanisms, and a special section of the exhibition called ‘How it works’ is bound to engage young minds and foster a burgeoning interest in science.