On Saturday, September 24, in conjunction with Smithsonian Magazine’s Free Museum Day, the National Watch and Clock Museum will hold its second annual Cloktoberfest. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum, clock and watch evaluations, make-and-take a clock, a steampunk fashion show, book sale, silent auction, area food trucks, beer, and vendors selling horological, industrial, steampunk, and handmade items, and more!
“The behind-the-scenes tours will include a peek into the area of the Museum that many do not get to see. Visitors can expect to see pieces that are not on display, a look into how these items are stored, and information on what goes into the National Watch and Clock Museum’s collection of nearly 13,000 objects. Three tour times will be offered: 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. to allow a more personal experience,” explains Curator of Collections Kim Jovinelli.
Ever wondered about the history of that old clock on the mantel or where the pocket watch you inherited from your grandparents came from? For a donation, experts with the Library & Research Center will help you learn the origin and history of your timepiece. The mystery behind your time treasures can finally be unraveled!
Kids of all ages will also make their own clock to take home. Our popular Make-and-Take program will be available for participants to create a unique clock. There is a fee of $5 per clock.
Food trucks, including TriCounty BBQ and Lickety Split, will be on hand with all sorts of tasty options to eat, and Columbia Kettleworks is even creating a special brew for the event!