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The Museum of Timekeeping is home to a fascinating collection of clocks, watches and timepieces.
The Museum is now closed for the winter season but we are still open for group tours.
We will reopen weekly in March 2024.
Established in 1994, the Museum of Timekeeping cares for a unique collection of artefacts at the home of the British Horological Institute (BHI) in the picturesque village of Upton, located between Newark and Southwell in Nottinghamshire.
Come and see our wondrous exhibits, which include the watch worn by Captain Scott on his ill-fated Antarctic expedition and hear the voice of the General Post Office’s first Speaking Clock on the original machine. Discover how early timepieces like astrolabes, sundials and water clocks work, as well as lantern and turret clocks.
During your visit, you can explore the grounds and the grand rooms of the beautiful Grade II* listed Upton Hall, the home of the Museum of Timekeeping. You will also learn about the long history of the Museum, the BHI and its members, who have promoted the study and practice of clock and watchmaking since 1858.
The Museum is open to visitors during our seasonal opening hours between March and October, on our special events or through privately booked group tours.
As an independent charity (1176495), we rely on generous support like yours to secure the future of the Museum of Timekeeping for everyone; your donation is vital.
“A ticking gem of a museum… from the second I walked in I was hooked. The next 2 hours vanished as I explored the amazing exhibits.
The staff were all extremely friendly, helpful and informative. A talk on the speaking clock included the original speaking clock being fired up which was just brilliant.”
“The ticking of so many clocks is a unique sound. If you are interested in clocks or just want to see something different this is the place to be, with lots of information for the less well informed…
I found it fascinating and although I have no specific interest in clocks enjoyed it very much.”
“The museum’s home Upton Hall is a lovely period building with a rich history set in beautiful grounds.
The staff are warm and friendly, its exhibits are compelling and most importantly the onsite cafe does a lovely cup of tea!”
“Fascinating place. A must go-to visit and you will be amazed by the way timepieces have evolved.
The staff will all be happy to help you with anything that inspires you.”