Daniel Rose, musical tall case clock. Reading, PA, circa 1790.

October 6 — November 17, 2013

This unprecedented exhibition of three-dozen early American musical and chiming clocks 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. The majority of these masterpieces are privately owned and most have never before been exhibited to the public. Some have been silent for decades and for this exhibit have been brought back to life—playing the tunes that so delighted their first owners.

This six-week exhibit promises to be a unique presentation of outstanding 18th- and early 19th-century artistry in American clockmaking, cabinetmaking and music. Click here for a special preview gallery for the show.

Guest curator: Gary R. Sullivan and Kate Van Winkle Keller

To purchase an exhibition catalog, please click here.

This exhibit was made possible by the generosity of James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes.

Keeping Time is free with museum admission.