Public time clocks have always been an important part of a community. In the earliest days of mechanical timekeeping, the town clock not only directed daily life but also served as a symbol of local status. 

As you move through the gallery, you will see public clocks from around the world that were built for various forms, such as a steeple, a wall, or a post.

These clocks are the most robust of all timekeepers, designed to run in the harshest environmental conditions. Despite their utilitarian function, their cast-iron frames are surprisingly decorative, and visitors can experience the hypnotic action of the escapements and various remontoirs that run daily.