Karl Gebhardt watch collection

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Functional model of a pin lever escapement , exhibit from the watch collection

The clock collection Karl Gebhardt (also clock museum Nuremberg or clock museum Karl Gebhardt ) in Nuremberg is a collection of mechanical clocks .


The collection, which mainly consists of portable specimens, uses explanatory exhibits, display boards, text panels and gait models to convey knowledge about clocks and clock technology in a clear manner and to arouse and maintain interest in them.

It is located in the building of the former trade museum in Nuremberg, which was built in the style of historicism and whose rooms are partly used by the Nuremberg Education Center . The building is located in the southern old town on Gewerbemuseumsplatz 2 near the main train station and in the immediate vicinity of the Nuremberg City Archives , the central library and the Cinecittà cinema .

The collection includes around 1000 exhibits - mainly wheel clocks and functional models for clock technology.

The presence of the collection in Nuremberg is a stroke of luck, as the city was one of the most influential centers of handicraft (especially metal) in the time of the imperial city and produced innumerable innovations. In contrast, the selection of exhibits is not local and not limited to one epoch, but rather illustrates the general development from the late Middle Ages to the present.

The exhibition is divided into two sections.

  • Collection No I: General explanatory presentation of clock technology
  • Collection No II: Technical development of portable, mechanical clocks from Peter Henlein to radio-controlled solar clocks in chronological order.

Catalogs are available for both collections.

Independently of the Gebhardt watch collection, the office of the German Chronometry Society and its specialist library for watch technology are housed in the same building .

Karl Gebhardt


The collector Karl Gebhardt (1927–2014) is the author of the exhibition concept. His private collection has been freely accessible to the public since 2002.

Web links

Commons : Clock Museum Karl Gebhardt  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 49 ° 27 ′ 6.1 ″  N , 11 ° 5 ′ 0 ″  E