Timexpo® Museum of Waterbury Connecticut says it’s time for family fun. Its three floors reveal the heritage of the world-famous Timex Group. Computer activities, hands on displays and video presentations are within the museum. A time tunnel leads to an archaeological exhibit reveling the mysteries of Easter Island and Thor Heyerdahl’s journeys.
The beginning of Waterbury Clock Company in 1854 is shown with its development into Timex showcasing the latest technology today. An important milestone in Timex history was 1917 when the U.S. Army commissioned Waterbury Clock Company to produce a midget pocket watch for overseas soldiers. Since 2001 the museum is housed in a building once the Scovill Manufacturing Company factory.
Timexpo® Museum address is 175 Union Street Brass Mill Commons Mall Waterbury, CT. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, closed Sunday, Monday, and major holidays. Adult admission is $6.00 with reduced rates for children and seniors.
Timexpo® Museum store is on the first floor. There is a complete line of Timex® watches plus a selection of Guess®, Nautica® and Ecko® watches. In addition a special collection of miniature clocks, collectibles and souvenirs is available. A book showing Timex history from the 1850’s to the present may be purchased. Museum store hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Waterbury is a city of 110,366 population, 77 miles northeast of New York City, and 33 miles southwest of Hartford. It is near the intersection of US Interstate 84 with route 8, forty miles east of Brewster New York. Waterbury is considered as part of New York City Metropolitan Area, only 90 minutes from Manhattan.
Waterbury was nicknamed ‘the Brass City’ due to its manufacture of brassware including watches and clocks. The city’s motto has been “What Is More Lasting Than Brass?”. Minting disk for the US and South American coins plus brass and copper used in Nevada’s Boulder Dam were produced in Waterbury. Another well-known brass product of the mid 19th century was Robert H. Ingersoll’s one-dollar watch that five million were produced. Unfortunately an economic decline of the 1970’s and 1980’s caused Waterbury to be ranked in 1992 the worst quality of life of 300 metropolitan areas by Money Magazine.
Danbury is 28 miles south west of Waterbury. This city of 80,893 is the seventh largest in Connecticut. It was nicknamed Hat City as the center of the hat industry at their peak producing nearly 25% of America’s hats for two decades. A Danbury prison was used during World War II for confinement of conscientious objectors.
Waterbury is a 330 mile drive of 5.5 hours from Rochester NY. Just drive east on I-90 into Massachusetts, past the state border exit on route 8 south to Waterbury.
A visitor shared the following comment.
“Really interesting facts and things to explore about how time has been kept in the past around the world, and how timepieces were advanced right here in Waterbury.”