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The Timex Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut

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Though Waterbury is relatively quiet, it might be tempting to skip it. But wait! Take the time to head over towards that giant clock in the sky, which will lead to The Timex Museum.

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The first area of the museum goes through the history of the company. It all started with the Waterbury Clock Company by Gordon Webster Burnham and Aaron Benedict. But the company failed in 1944, and it became a part of the U.S. Time Corp. Originally started as a brass factory, it evolved into making clocks with brass parts. Today it is known as simply Timex. Also, it was interesting to note how forward thinking the company was even in its early days. Predating the women’s rights movements by a decade, a woman’s hands were seen as assets in clock making. Consequently, by the mid 1880’s, women made up as much as thirty five percent of the Waterbury Clock Company’s workforce. It also gave a good life to families of immigrants, especially French Canadian, who came to Waterbury for a better life. One of the biggest things that the company became known for, which also saved the company during harsh times, was the invention of the Mickey Mouse watch in 1933. This opened up the market for children to become proud watch wearers. During this time also, The Waterbury Clock Company made defense products to help defeat the Nazis during World War 2.

There is also a cultural exhibit, which includes the mysteries of Easter Island. The water display allows the museum visitors the chance to see how boating with or against the current can affect the time it gets to travel somewhere. The last exhibit is the

The museum is open from Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. Admission is six dollars (cash only), and it is wheelchair accessible.

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