Klaipėda Clock and Watch Museum

The Klaipėda Clock and Watch Museum is a branch of Lithuanian Art Museum that houses an undoubtedly worth visiting exhibition of plenty unique clocks and watches of unexpected shapes and mechanisms.  The museum is well organized, deliberately managed and informative. It is adjusted to interests of various people from distracted children to even well educated physicists who would be grateful to see the elaboration of detailed schemes  displayed apparently.

The history of the Klaipėda Clock and Watch Museum began in 1984 when it was opened in summer with the help of famous Klaipėda collectors. The museum then caused a big concern of citizens and city guests although the exhibition contained only exhibits brought from the Lithuanian Art Museum. Then the intensive scientific researched was initiated. Despite the fact the task was really hard, the chronological history of clocks and watches was formed and influenced the new ways to manage the museum.

It appeared that there is necessary to display the origin clocks and watches according to the difference of them  in kinds, forms and constructions. After putting the new detailed museum plan it appeared that there is a lack of exhibits in order to show everything what is necessary to show. But the leaders of the museum found the way out as they found people to create the missing models of sun, water, fire and sand clocks as well as their mechanical details.

The hole exhibition is situated in five different halls on the first floor of the museum. Visitors are able to get acquainted with the change of clocks and watches forms from the renaissance to modern styles. To enlarge the impression of the transformation the halls are decorated with colors, curtains and various materials of the epoch exposed in there. The first hall houses exhibitions of 16-17th centuries, in the second hall there are exposed clocks and watches of the baroque style. The rococo style exhibitions are displayed in the third hall. In the forth hall there a classicism is revealed as well as unpredictable French and German table clocks are exposed. The survey of watches and clocks ends in the last hall where examples of 19-20th centuries are exposed in order to show the modern and electric exhibits. This part of collection represents the variety of works by masters from many different countries.

Visiting the Klaipėda Clock and Watch Museum is an interesting attraction and a great opportunity to get known to many improbable features of such an ordinary matter like a clock that we use in our everyday life.

Open hours:
Tues-Sat 12:00-18:00 (March-Oct.)
Tues-Sat 11:00-17:00 (Nov.-Feb.)
For more information, please visit: www.muziejai.lt/klm/english/apie_mus.html