The National Watch and Clock Museum officially opened to the public in 1977 with fewer than 1,000 artifacts to present to visitors. Since that time,the collection has increased to over 12,000 items and the museum has undergone several expansion projects. Today, the museum is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive horological collection in North America. It also houses the NAWCC Library and Research Center, the largest horological library in the world, with over 30,000 books and thousands of feet of archival material.While the museum’s collections are some of the best in the world, the most important aspect it presents is the story we all share: Time. Many things separate us but the thing that unites the world is the method for organizing our lives - day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. In this way, time is a metaphor for what we, as humans,can accomplish when faced with global problems. The story of time and timekeeping provides a lesson for doing just that.The museum thanks you for sharing your valuable time with us. We hope that through your visit, you obtain a greater appreciation for the importance of time and timekeeping in our daily lives.