The National Watch & Clock Museum plans several special events each year. Events range from familiy sleepovers, food and beverage tastings, decade dances, special tours for NAWCC Members and Friends of the Museum, special educational events, and much more.
Saturday, January 19th
The Engle Clock – Speaker Bill Zell
The talk will be the biography of Engle, including any anecdotes besides the one from the family genealogy. The history of the clock and its development will be the remainder, along with a demonstration of the working clock. Bill will have his personal notebook with photos and articles for referral and for attendees to browse at their leisure during the time afterward.
Wednesday, February 13th
Art Deco – Speaker Meghan Kennedy
Art Deco was a movement which originated in the 1920s and was very popular in Western Europe and the United States in the 1930s. The movement focused on decorative arts and architecture in modern day life. The style is characterized by sleek, geometric modern lines to create a simple or streamlined look with man-made materials. Inspiration for the creation of the Art Deco movement came from American Indian, Egyptian, German Bauhaus, Art Nouveau, Cubism, and early Classical sources as well as from nature.
This Lunch Time Talk will focus on details of Art Deco in Horology, and how it differs from Art Nouveau and Streamline Moderne.
Entire Month of February
The museum will open its doors to the members of the Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroaders, who build, display, and operate layouts throughout Central Pennsylvania. This is a returning exhibit which has visited the Museum the last several years.
Saturday, March 16th
Thursday, March 21st
Express yourself and join us for a night of creativity and drinking. Create a one of a kind clock for your kitchen, home office, bedroom, bathroom, etc. The possibilities are endless. You will be provided with all of the supplies you need, all you will need to bring is yourself.
Wine, beer, and a signature Clocktail will be served and you receive one free drink included in the $30.00 program cost along with a selection of light hors d'oeuvres. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. This is an adults-only program and you must be 21 to attend.
Saturday, April 13th
Wednesday, April 17th
Saturday, May 18th
Like Clockwork: The Mechanical Ingenuity and Craftsmanship of Isaiah Lukens (1779-1846).” – Speaker Elizabeth Fox
“Like Clockwork: The Mechanical Ingenuity and Craftsmanship of Isaiah Lukens (1779-1846)”, explores the working life and artistic legacy of Isaiah Lukens in early nineteenth-century Philadelphia. It describes the tools, mechanisms, and designs Lukens utilized in his clock commissions and how they compare to those of illustrious clockmakers like Thomas Stretch. The clockmaking trade of Isaiah Lukens encouraged him to partake in other scientific pursuits as a result, thereby influencing the development of his mechanical creations. The talk also presents Lukens’ working relationships with other eminent inventors and clockmakers such as his assistant Joseph Saxton and Charles Willson Peale, signifying Lukens’ prominence within Philadelphia’s intellectual circles. Through the diverse inner workings of his trade, Isaiah Lukens distinguished himself from other Philadelphian artisans as a versatile mechanist whose scientific contributions impacted the fate of America’s preindustrial trades.
Elizabeth Fox is the curatorial assistant of American Art at the Worcester Art Museum. She received her M.A. in Decorative Arts & Design History from George Washington University/Smithsonian Associates and her B.A. in History and Religion at Furman University.
Starting Monday, June 3rd - August 26th
Make & Take
Create your own fun clock to take home. Choose from a variety of different wooden shapes, paint and decorate to make it your own! Mondays through August 26th. Registration required for large groups.
Wednesday, June 12th
Saturday, July 6th
Timeless Testaments: Civil War Watches & the Men that Carried Them
Exhibit Opening thru January, 31st 2020
Friday, July 12th
Hops & Clocks
It’s time to sip on some hops and check out the clocks! Sample local brews and the area’s fine food, enjoy live music, and maybe even win a door prize!
Saturday, July 20th
Wednesday, August 14th
Saturday, August 17th
Murder Mystery Party
More info to follow
Saturday, September 21st
In conjunction with Smithsonian Free Day, we are hosting our 5th annual Clöktoberfest. We are having vendors selling horological, industrial and handmade items. There will be music, kids programs, a steampunk fashion show, behind the scenes tours, a book sale, and much more!
Tuesday, October 15th
Make plans to attend the National Watch & Clock Museum's Homeschool Day on Tuesday, October 15th. Activities include: scavenger hunt through the museum, make a clock to take home, meet a real-life watchmaker and clockmaker, learn about the art of reverse painting on glass, behind the scenes tours of the museum, and more!
Wednesday, October 16th
Friday, November 8th
Whiskey & Watches
We will pour different whiskeys for tasting, comparing and contrasting appearances, aromas, and flavors. There will be food to snack on while we show you and give advice about purchasing high-end wristwatches.
Saturday, November 16th
Saturday, December 7th
Holiday Make & Take with Santa
On Saturday, December 7th at 10:00am join us for a special holiday edition of our Make & Take program. Santa will be stopping by for a visit while you make a holiday themed clock to take home with you. There will be an assortment of candy and sweets and you can also tour the museum while you are here.
Wednesday, December 18th
Tuesday, December 31st
New Year’s Eve at Noon
Come join us for a kid friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. There will be a dance party with Father Time, face painting, games, craft activities, a balloon drop at noon and much more!
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