Museum presentation

An original history and collection, the Museum of Clockmaking and Bar-Tuning is well worth the detour. Opened at the start of the 20th century by the Cluses National School of Clockmaking, the museum served a double purpose: collecting ancient time-measuring instruments (the oldest piece dates from the 16th century) and preserving the memory of the local industry.

Located today in the Espace Carpano & Pons, a former industrial site, the museum also evokes the history of the educational establishment by displaying, in particular, a unique collection of escapement models fabricated in Cluses.

Themed guided visits, dramatized visits, educational workshops and temporary exhibitions are regularly offer, allowing you to discover, learn and wonder before the masterpieces this museum holds.

Human ingenuity and precision will be the keywords of your discovery. Consisting of four rooms, the museum presents rich collections of watches, clocks, clockwork mechanisms and clockmaking tools. Your visit ends with the bar-topping room where a still-functioning former workshop from the 1930s continues to demonstrate the beginnings of this industry.


Espace Carpano & Pons
100, place du 11 novembre – 74300 CLUSES
04 50 96 43 00

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Opening Times:
From October to May: Monday, Wednesday to Saturday from 2pm to 6pm and the first Sunday of every month. Open every day during school holiday periods.
From June to September: Every day from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm.

Adults: €5. Reduced rates: €3. Children under 12 years and the first Sunday of every month: free
Rates for guided visits, children’s workshops and group visits: please contact us

More information on the museum’s website.