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Exhibition Opening: Keeping Time: Musical Clocks of Early America

This event is presented by an affiliate institution. The Willard House & Clock Museum will host an unprecedented exhibit of nearly three dozen early American musical and chiming clocks. These fully functioning mechanical marvels, all made before 1830, will provide visitors the opportunity to travel back in time and experience the popular music of our ancestors, just as it was played two hundred years ago.

Early tall-case clocks capable of playing music are extremely rare. This exhibit will include one-quarter of the approximately 140 early American examples that are known to survive.

The 36 clocks on exhibit were crafted by over 30 different clockmakers from eight states. Work by acclaimed clockmakers such as Simon and Benjamin Willard, Daniel Burnap and Thomas Claggett will be included. Many of the cases were made by important early American cabinetmakers such as Major Stephen Badlam, Matthew Egerton Jr. and members of the Goddard-Townsend School.

This exhibition will end on November 17. 2013.

The Willard House & Clock Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

October 6, 2013
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Willard House & Clock Museum
11 Willard Street
North Grafton, MA 01536
Adults $7; Seniors $6