Clockmaking and Screwcutting Museum in Cluses

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Discover the Museum, a real timepiece of the industrial and social history of the Arve's valley. Follow the evolution of the farmer-watchmakers' skills from the XVIIIth century until the advent of the screwcutting technology during the industrial revolution.

Original by its history and its collections, the museum is worth the trip. Instituted at the early XXth century by the National School of Clockmaking of Cluses, the museum used to have 2 vocations : to collect ancient time measure instruments (oldest piece is from 16e century) and to save the local industrial memories.

Located into the Espace Carpano & Pons, an old factory, the museum presents also the story of the National School of Clockmaking by presenting unique pieces of clockmaking made by the pupils in Cluses.

Theme guided tours, theatric visits, workshops, temporary exhibitions are organized all the year round and will make you discover the treasures of the museum.

Age minimum : 7 ans

A cultural mediator is always present to answer your questions.

Types

  • Museum

Capacity

  • Maximum group size:50
  • Minimum group size: 10

Themes

  • Sciences and technology
  • Arts and culture
  • Occupations
  • Industry
  • Mechanical sciences
  • Decorative arts
  • Local history

Comforts

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Italian

Services

  • Educational visits
  • Booking obligatory
  • Themed tour
  • Shop
  • Tourist brochures
  • Guided tours

Furniture

  • Lift
  • Toilets
  • Car park
  • Defibrillator
  • Parking
  • Coach parking

Accessibility

  • Mental disability
  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
  • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities
  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability
  • Physical disability
  • Visual disability

Services provided

Activities

  • Arts
  • Plastic arts
  • History
  • Industry
  • Technology/Electronics

Visits

  • Group visit duration: 90 min
  • Group visit duration: 60 min
  • Visits in: English, French
  • Unguided group tours available permanently
  • Guided group tours on request
  • Languages information panels: French
  • Documentation languages: German, English, French
  • Booking required for groups.

Prices

Price Min. Max.
Reduced price (from 10/09/2014 to 31/12/2020) 3€
Adult (from 10/09/2014 to 31/12/2020) 5€
Group adults (from 10/09/2014 to 31/12/2020) 3€
  • Free each first sunday of the month (between October and May). Free for (on presentation of a documentary proof) : Children under 12 with an adult, members of the Museum association and the AAAE, tourist ID card of Haute-Savoie, carte ICOM, Pass Empreintes, Pass Vacances, Press card, lecturer-guide's card, interpreter-guides, heritage guides of Savoie Mont Blanc, group attendant, special days (European Heritage Days, Night of the Museums, Tourism and Handicap Days, etc) Guided tours : From 10 people, 2€ per visitor + 35€ for a guide package.

Means of payment

  • Bank/credit card
  • Cheque
  • Chèques Vacances
  • Cash

Opening

From 01/07 to 31/08, daily.

Canceled or closed because of Covid-19.

Opening from 01 January 2020 to 30 June 2020
DaysOpening hours
Mardi 14h00 at 18h00
Mercredi 14h00 at 18h00
Jeudi 14h00 at 18h00
Vendredi 14h00 at 18h00
Samedi 14h00 at 18h00

Opening from 01 October 2020 to 31 December 2020
DaysOpening hours
Mardi 14h00 at 18h00
Mercredi 14h00 at 18h00
Jeudi 14h00 at 18h00
Vendredi 14h00 at 18h00
Samedi 14h00 at 18h00

Opening from 01 July 2021 to 31 August 2021
DaysOpening hours
LundiNot Provided
MardiNot Provided
MercrediNot Provided
JeudiNot Provided
VendrediNot Provided
SamediNot Provided
DimancheNot Provided

Complementary services

Tips

Free entry at the Museum every first Sunday of the month (from October to May).

Covid-19 special services

To avoid the influx of visitors on the same hours, the entrance to the museum is limited to 20 people per 2-hour time slot (2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and 4 p.m.). In July and August, a third time slot will be available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Reservation is highly recommended. It is done only by phone, on 04 50 96 43 00. Wearing a mask is compulsory (except for children under 10 years old). Hydroalcoholic gel is available for washing hands To limit the risk of contamination, no more mediation support will be offered. But you can download our room sheets from the website to prepare your visit. Live Facebook once a month on a piece of the museum. Guided tours in July and August on defined time slots: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Fridays at 2 p.m. (limited to 10 people)

Our good plans

Free entry at the Museum every first Sunday of the month (from October to May).