But in an age of answers, the
Mysterious timepieces: The exhibit showcases the horological magic trick of clockmakers' style of clock commonly known as the mystery clock. The clocks each have no visible means of connecting a movement to the hands marking the time, giving each an air of mystery that defies visible explanation upon first glance.
Looking closer, however, educational director
"It's exciting, I think," Knaub said. "There's definitely a magical aspect to it."
Part of the exhibit features mystery clocks built by famous French magician and clockmaker
Robert-Houdin used his knowledge of magic in constructing mystery clocks, Knaub said, and the style was then mimicked by other clockmakers in the late 19th century. The style experienced its heyday from the 1940s to the 1960s, Knaub said, and had even been replicated in pocketwatches and wristwatches.
The exhibit features works from across time and complexness -- from Robert-Houdin's late 1800s elaborate glass and pendulum piece, to a
"Collectors of these clocks really enjoy showcasing this fun type of clock," she said. "We've had such a great response from our members."
While you're there: Visitors to the museum's exhibit will also have access to the more than 10,000 items on display. Starting with ancient timekeeping devices and water clocks, through present-day atomic clocks, guests are taken on a literal journey through time.
As part of a collaboration between the arts and the military communities, the museum will offer free admission for active-duty military and family, up to 5, from
The museum will also host Make-and-Take Clock Workshops from
Other exhibits currently on display at the museum include a novelty wristwatches micro-exhibit and a
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