Cuckoo Clock Museums

Cuckoo Clock Museums
Cuckoo Clock Museums

There is only one museum in the world that is entirely dedicated to cuckoo clocks. It’s called Cuckooland Museum, and it is located in Tabley, Cheshire in the United Kingdom.

The museum covers approximately three hundred years of cuckoo clock-making history, including some of the earliest cuckoo clocks ever made. In fact, the earliest cuckoo clocks in the museum come from as far back as the 18th century.

The Cuckooland Museum is the brainchild of brothers Roman and Maz Piekarski, who have years of experience in clock manufacturing. At their clock-making business in Manchester, customers would often drop off clocks that they no longer wanted. Rather than seeing such beautiful pieces go to waste, the Piekarski brothers decided to fix and preserve them.

Over the years, their collection of abandoned cuckoo clocks slowly built. Finally, in 1990, they decided to start the museum. For the Piekarski brothers, cuckoo clocks are an integral part of history, and they deserve to be preserved for future generations.

The brothers realized that cuckoo clocks were not only disappearing from the United Kingdom, but in other parts of the world as well. Thus, they now bid on cuckoo clocks at auctions all over the world. However, they only purchase objects of the highest museum quality and which played a significant role in the history of cuckoo clock-making.

Along with its extensive collection of Black Forest cuckoo clocks, Cuckooland Museum carries a range of quail clocks, trumpeter clocks, and other miscellaneous musical devices.

Among the many rare clocks at Cuckooland Museum is a ‘cuckoo and echo’ clock that can mimic the sounds of a wild cuckoo. It’s estimated to be one of only six ever created. There are also contributions from clockmaker Johann Baptist Beha, who gained fame as one of the most talented Black Forest clockmakers of all time.

Cuckooland Museum also has a number of quirky clocks that cannot be placed into any particular category. For example, clocks with life-size, automaton cuckoo birds that have blinking, flirty eyes. Or, a Bahnhausle (Bathhouse) model clock that features a painting on sheet metal.

Today, Cuckooland Museum has over six hundred cuckoo clocks in its gallery. It’s safe to say that it is the largest collection of cuckoo clocks ever assembled, and is an historic landmark for those in the clock-making community.

Other Cuckoo Clock Museums

Cuckooland is the only museum that is entirely dedicated to cuckoo clocks. However, there are several general clock museums which prominently feature cuckoo clocks. 

The German Clock Museum, located in the Black Forest town of Furtwangen, has an extensive collection of historic clocks. One of its central exhibits deals with the history of cuckoo clocks.

Similarly, the Dorf und Uhrenmuseum Gutenbach (Village and Clock Museum Gutenbach, in English) has a wide collection of wooden Black Forest clocks. Included in this collection are numerous organ and cuckoo clocks. Its focus is primarily on the local history of wooden clock-making.

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